Written answers

Wednesday, 24 July 2002

  • Solicitor-General

    • Death in Custody

      To ask the Solicitor-General when the Attorney-General will announce the outcome of the review of the role and practices of the Crown Prosecution Service in cases arising from a death in custody.

  • Defence

    • Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list, by aircraft type, the RAF's (a) requirement, (b) actual operating fleet and (c) the total number of aircraft of each type owned and...

    • Suez Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Honours and Decorations Committee re-opened the case to consider awarding a 1951–54 Suez Canal Campaign Medal; who requested that the...

      International Criminal Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the UK Government's policy towards the surrender of UK nationals where accused of a crime in connection with a UN...

      RAF Chilmark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the closure of RAF Chilmark was announced; what was the (a) planned date and (b) actual date of closure; what was the (i) estimated and (ii)...

      Nuclear Arsenal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of maintaining Britain's nuclear arsenal in each of the last five years; and what the projected annual cost of maintaining the nuclear...

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since 1997, indicating for each consultation (a) if copies were available online,...

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has a designated consultation co-ordinator in accordance with the Cabinet Office code of practice on written consultations.

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many consultation documents published in 2001 in (a) electronic or (b) printed form his Department has monitored and evaluated in accordance with the...

      Galileo Satellite Navigation System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from (a) other European countries and (b) the United States regarding the possible military implications of the...

      Armed Forces (Recruitment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the recruitment figures to the armed forces from the Glasgow, Pollok constituency and the city of Glasgow were in the latest year for which figures...

      Chinook ZD576

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Chinook ZD576.

      Emergency Repairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of emergency repairs have been done within 24 hours of notification; what percentage of urgent repairs have been completed within five...

      Defence Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who manages the Defence Housing Executive IT national database of recorded repairs; and if he will make statement.

      Property Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what role Annington Homes Ltd. has in deciding which properties are released back to them for disposal; and if he will make a statement; (2) how...

      National Asset Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what disposals and acquisitions have been made by his Department since the publication of the National Asset Register on 19 July 2001; and if he will...

      Departmental Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list his net cash requirement and planned net cash requirement in 2002–03 cash terms for financial years from 1997–98 to...

      Budget Holders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list his Department's top level budget holders and their related management grouping for each financial year since 1997–98.

      C130J

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what problems have arisen with the propellers of RAF C130Js when landing on non-concrete runways; and if he will make a statement.

      C130J

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes have been made on troop seating on RAF C130Js; and if he will make a statement.

      Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long after their arrival in, and how long before their departure from Afghanistan, Royal Marines were issued with, and had to return, their...

      SA80s

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many SA80s and SA80 A2s have been issued to (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Royal Marines, (c) the RAF, (d) army armoured regiments, (e) airborne...

      Reserve Forces Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the opportunity cost was of the compulsory mobilisation of reserve forces doctors on 16 May.

      Defence Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what defence spending was as a percentage of United Kingdom gross domestic product in each year since 1980.

      Defence Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected defence spending is, as a percentage of UK GDP, from 2002–03 to 2005–06.

      Defence Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide a breakdown of incremental 2002–03 defence spending announced in the 2002 comprehensive spending review by (a) type of...

      Defence Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the increase in defence spending announced in the recent comprehensive spending review will be spent on Trident in each year from...

      Defence Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide a breakdown of defence spending in each year since 1997–98 by each country and region of the United Kingdom in which it was spent.

      Future Rapid Effects System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Future Rapid Effects System and the future of (a) the UK's heavy warfighting capability, (b) the development of...

      Army Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to review the current pension system for widows of army personnel who decide to remarry or cohabit.

      Anglo-Irish Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when and where Ministers in his Department have held meetings with Ministers and officials of the Irish Government since 1 June 2000; which Ministers...

      Memorandums of Understanding (US)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what memorandums of understanding have been signed with the United States Administration since 1 January 1999; on what dates each was signed; where each...

      Colchester Garrison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 1 July 2002, Official Report, column 36W, if the Investment Approvals Board has further considered the Colchester Garrison PFI...

      Runways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's airfields in the UK have runways in excess of 1,800 metres in length; how many have a runway and taxiway bearing strength...

      Military Maritime Graves

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in offering protection to military maritime graves.

      Army Headquarters

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he has completed the final assessment of the decision to locate the Army's headquarters in the north in Edinburgh.

      Warship Support Agency

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the Chief Executive of the Warship Support Agency for financial year 2002–03.

      RAF Personnel Management Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what key targets have been set for the Chief Executive of the RAF Personnel Management Agency for the financial year 2002–03; (2) what key...

      Duke of York's Royal Military School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the Chief Executive of the Duke of York's Royal Military School for the financial year 2002–03.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to send a TA infantry platoon to support the International Security and Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

      Geographic and Imagery Intelligence Agency

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the Defence Geographic and Imagery Intelligence Agency for the financial year 2001–02.

      Army Personnel Centre Agency

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the Army Personnel Centre Agency for the financial year 2002–03.

      Transport and Movements Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the Defence Transport and Movements Agency for the financial year 2002–03.

      British Forces Post Office Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the British Forces Post Office Agency for the financial year 2002–03.

      Storage and Distribution Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency for the financial year 2002–03.

      Training Group Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the Chief Executive of the Training Group Defence Agency for the financial year 2002–03.

      Queen Victoria School

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the Chief Executive of Queen Victoria school for the financial year 2002–03.

      Test and Evaluation Facilities

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future provision of test and evaluation facilities.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Consultations

      To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick- upon-Tweed, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many times the Electoral Commission has been consulted in accordance...

  • International Development

    • World Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the forthcoming United Nations world summit on sustainable development will review the performance of the World bank business...

    • Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she next expects to meet representatives of international aid agencies to discuss their plans for assisting Zimbabwe; and if she...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her policy towards aid for Zimbabwe.

      Cameroon

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to relieve poverty among the anglophobe minority in Cameroon.

      Famine (Southern Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what she is doing to prevent famine in southern Africa.

      Fatal Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action she is taking to tackle (a) HIV/AIDS, (b) TB, (c) malaria and (d) other fatal diseases.

      Clean Water (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to improve supply of clean water in Africa.

      Sub-Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her policy towards assisting economic and agricultural developments in the sub-Sahara.

      Trade Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she will take to seek reform of European Union policy on international aid and development relating to promotion of trade...

      Agricultural Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the impact on the economies of developing countries of subsidised agricultural exports from the...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the development aid she is providing to Ethiopia.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the oral answer of 26 June 2002, Official Report, column 866, on Afghanistan, what the result has been of the Under-...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her Department's relief activities in northern Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the aid money promised to Afghanistan has reached that country.

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department is giving to programmes combating social exclusion of vulnerable groups in south eastern Europe.

      Sexual and Reproductive Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on UK funding to international sexual and reproductive health organisations.

      Departmental Management Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who has been recruited as non-executive directors to her Department's management board.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the European Commission's proposal for the reform of the common agricultural policy, with particular...

      Gujarat

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance she has given to refugees in the State of Gujarat.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of World Bank proposals to fast-track support for primary education in certain poor countries.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she expects the additional resources committed for good quality primary education to the group of 18 countries selected to receive...

      Steel Industry (Eastern Europe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department's policy is in relation to financial support for the steel industry in eastern Europe.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action she is taking to widen access to renewable energy in developing countries.

      Commodity Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans her Department has to ensure that the work done to reduce the debt burden of highly indebted poor countries and other...

      World Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her priorities are for the world summit on sustainable development in September.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the affordability of HIV/AIDS drugs to patients in Africa.

      European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if the Government support a continued role for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in the EU candidate countries after...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she will answer the written question from the hon. Member for Chichester, tabled on 22 May, on the official travel of departmental...

      Temporary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many employees under contract from temping agencies worked in her Department; and how much was spent on temporary staff (a) in...

      Departmental Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many jobs under the remit of her Department in (a) the core Department, (b) non- departmental public bodies, (c) executive agencies...

      G8 (Expenditure and Policies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the G8's commitment to focusing their development efforts on cultures that demonstrate a political and financial commitment to good...

      Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to ensure that poorer people in developing countries benefit from water supply projects in which United...

      Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises, as they relate to developing countries are monitored.

      Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what public consultations have been commenced by her Department since 1 April; and what the (a) closing date and (b) website address of...

      Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what level of funding her Department intends to provide for research by the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine in Edinburgh (a)...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will ascertain from the Government of China if the population and family planning law due to come into effect in China in...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2002, Official Report, column 41W, on Somalia, which individuals her Department have lobbied for the...

      Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimates her Department has made of how the planned increases in her departmental budget announced in the Comprehensive Spending...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the progress being made with the campaign for good governance her Department is supporting in Sierra...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement about progress being made with the Chieftans' Government reform projects in Sierra Leone; and what plans...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on progress in implementing the EU health programme in Sierra Leone.

      Street Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what estimate she has made of how many street children there are in the developing world; and what plans she has to provide...

      Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the impact of the proposed changes to guidelines on UK arms exports on the possibility of British...

      Anglo-Scottish Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many formal and official inter-ministerial meetings her Department has held with the Scottish Executive since May 1999, broken down...

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the percentage of farmers in Malawi who will receive seed and fertiliser as overseas aid for planting...

      Spring Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people attended the spring meetings of the IMF and World bank from (a) her Department and (b) other UK Government Departments;...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) full- time equivalents were employed by her press office and (b) secondees were placed in her press office in...

    • Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was paid in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02 to farmers in matching funds to charitable payments.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her latest assessment is of the contribution that the closure of footpaths made to resisting the spread of foot and...

      Bushmeat Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the latest machinery for monitoring and checking bags to tackle the illegal trade of bushmeat into the UK.

      Bushmeat Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on those groups which are involved in illegally importing bushmeat into the UK.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements are in place to check against the illegal importation of meat by sea and air, with specific reference to...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on the Government's strategy to tackle illegal meat importation; (2) what steps she has...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many letters from hon. Members received by her Department before 1 January have not been answered.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to improve the performance of her Department in replying to correspondence.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average time taken by her Department has been to answer a letter from an hon. Member since January; and what the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 10 June from the hon. Member for the Vale of York on behalf of constituent L. Peter...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when a reply will be sent to the letter of 4 March from the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar, on behalf of Mrs. Griffin, a...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes of 19 April about illegal trade in wildlife, which was...

      Livestock Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria the Government have set for the removal of the 20 day standstill rule on livestock movement.

      Rural Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what help she plans to give (a) rural farms to help with modulation and (b) environmental schemes (i) in national parks and...

      Regional Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committees

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many appointments have been made to Regional Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committees...

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what public consultations have been commenced by her Department since 1 April; and what the (a) closing date and (b) website...

      Groundwater Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what help and advice is available to sectors affected by the requirements of the Groundwater Regulations 1998.

      Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) mean and (b) median farm (i) incomes and (ii) sizes were in the last five years broken down by region.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals have been tested for bovine TB in 2002, broken down by month, in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Herefordshire...

      Contaminated Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial support is being given to English local authorities to meet the capital costs of dealing with contaminated land.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government will publish their Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government will publish its response to the Environmental Audit Committee's third report of Session 2001–02,...

      Sheep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of (a) the number of sheep and (b) the proportion of the national flock which were born before the...

      Foxhunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume of correspondence she has received on the consultation on the future of foxhunting; and how many of those were in...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the EU directives and regulations that have been implemented through her Department in 2002; and what was...

      Beef Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the level of UK beef exports was in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Frozen Chicken Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tons of imported frozen chicken breasts were consumed in the UK in the past year.

      Scottish White Fish Producers Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Fisheries Minister next intends to meet the Scottish White Fish Producers Association.

      Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her proposed action following the Royal Society's report into infectious diseases in livestock.

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which regulations under Part I of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 need to be in force before the Act can be...

      Free Range Poultry Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received concerning planning applications for the erection of mobile and static free range...

      Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 25 March 2002, Official Report, column 717W, on air conditioning, if she will make a statement on...

      Sausages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what scientific evidence she has collated that supports the proposed ban on the use of sheep's intestines in the manufacture...

      Sausages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the potential presence of BSE in beef protein collagen used in the manufacture of sausages.

      Chickens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what checks are made for the presence of nitrofurans and chloramphenicol in chicken imported into the United Kingdom (a)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in what format her Department has published the results of its 2001 written consultations.

    • Religious Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether in the course of her consultations on the draft Communications Bill she plans to meet representatives from the Christian...

      Religious Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if it is her policy to seek to regulate religious broadcasting by (a) placing limits on ownership, (b) regulation and (c) legislation.

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which libraries have (a) opened and (b) reopened since 1997; and what sources of public funding are available to them.

      National Foundation of Youth Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment has been made of the success of the National Foundation of Youth Music in increasing the participation of young people...

      Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for how long she retains documents referred to in parliamentary answers on his Department's website.

      Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is her policy to ensure that documents referred to in parliamentary answers are available via her Department's website.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she will take to encourage people to holiday in the United Kingdom.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what representations she has received regarding the BBC's digital curriculum proposition; and if she will make a statement; (2)...

      Wembley Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will publish the Government's response to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee's sixth report entitled "Wembley National...

      Scottish Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many formal and official inter-ministerial meetings her Department has held with the Scottish Executive since May 1999, broken down...

      Free Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households are entitled to free television licences in Taunton; and if she will make a statement.

      Science and Discovery Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to assist the funding of science and discovery centres; and if she will make a statement.

      "A Force for Our Future"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on implementing the recommendations contained in the Government's statement on the historic environment: A...

      Playing Fields

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Playing Fields Monitoring Group will be publishing statistical information concerning playing fields.

      Sport Expenditure

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the Government's expenditure plans are for sport following the 2002 Spending Review.

      Criminal Records Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will share information with other countries about UK citizens who have been convicted of offences against children within sport.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Employment Relations Act

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, when he expects an announcement to be made about granting the clergy the rights and privileges given to workers...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Central Office of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he expects to publish the Central Office of Information's annual report and accounts 2001–02.

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what rules govern appointments to non-departmental public bodies; and what have been the (a) ethnic, (b) gender and (c) party breakdown of these...

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what public consultations have been commenced by his Department since 1 April; and what the (a) closing date and (b) website address of each were.

      Legal and Regulatory Framework for Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when the Strategy Unit Review of the Legal and Regulatory Framework for Charities in the not- for-profit sector will be published.

      EU Legislation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what mechanism there is to ensure Government Departments produce explanatory memoranda on proposed EU legislation in time for proper consideration by...

      Politics (Young People)

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent meetings he has had regarding young people's involvement in the political process; and what the outcomes of those meetings were.

      Politics (Young People)

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what (a) legislation is in place and (b) programmes are being funded that encourage young people's involvement in the political process.

  • House of Commons

    • Publications Scheme

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make a statement about the House's publications scheme under the Freedom of...

    • House of Commons Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what percentage of House of Commons staff are (a) full-time employees and (b) agency staff...

      Edward Heath Statue

      To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee what arrangements have been made for re-siting the bust of the right hon. Sir Edward Heath by Martin Jennings within the Palace of...

  • Privy Council

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the President of the Council what the (a) dates, (b) location and (c) sources were of attributable (i) articles, interviews or contributions for the media, books or other journals and (ii)...

    • Computer Equipment

      To ask the President of the Council what his policy is for the disposal of computer equipment that has been updated; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Value Added

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the gap between value-added per employee in the public and private sectors in the UK.

    • Transport Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will indicate, in respect of the graph entitled UK Transport Spending on page 3 of the leaflet 2002 Spending Review, how much spending in each year is...

      Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proportion of the population in (a) Wigan MBC, (b) the North West Region and (c) England had an income of (i) up to twice, (ii) up to five times...

      Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the annual report of the Statistics Commission.

      Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the independence and quality of national statistics.

      R and D Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has carried out on the impact of the DTI guidelines on the definition of development for tax purposes on the research and development tax...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to extend the reduced rate of five per cent VAT to all purchases of energy efficiency materials.

      Jobs Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to increase the number of customs staff employed in Scotland.

      Jobs Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs under the remit of his Department in (a) the core Department, (b) non- departmental public bodies, (c) executive agencies and (d) independent...

      Anglo-Scottish Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many formal and official inter-ministerial meetings his Department has held with the Scottish Executive since May 1999, broken down by (a) Scottish...

      White Van Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many vehicles have been impounded by HM Customs and Excise in respect of white van imports since 1 January 2000.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to exempt from tax the hearing aids required for hearing impaired people to pursue employment.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will change the rules so that hearing aids paid for by employers are exempt from tax.

      Non-domicile Tax Status

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what methodology the Inland Revenue is using to assess the number of individuals claiming non-domicile tax status; what the cost is of such status; what...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when the EU Customs Code Committee on customs warehouses and free zones is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a)...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the European Advisory Committee on statistical information in the economic and social spheres (CEIES) is next due to meet; whether representatives of...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the EU Committee on monetary, financial and balance-of-payments statistics is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a)...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the EU Committee on the harmonisation of the compilation of gross national product at market prices is next due to meet; whether representatives of the...

      PFI Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 2 July 2002, Official Report, column 120W, on PFI contracts, what estimate his Department has made of the payments under PFI...

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of inward investment into the United Kingdom was in the years ending (a) 1 May 1997 and (b) 1 May 2002; and if he will make a statement.

      DEL Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of DEL spending labelled 'transport' is spent on (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) England and Wales and (d) England, Wales and Scotland in each...

      DEL Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which mid-year population estimates were used to determine incremental Scottish DEL expenditure for 2002–03; and which mid-year population estimates...

      Taxis and Buses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what new incentives he will introduce to stimulate the use of less environmentally damaging vehicles as (a) taxis and (b) other public service carriers.

      United Kingdom Listing Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make available the annual objectives for the United Kingdom Listing Authority.

      Royal Gifts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanism is in place to distinguish between gifts received by (a) the Queen and (b) other members of the royal family in (i) their official roles and...

      Royal Gifts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what public funds were expended in 2001 on gifts given by (a) the Queen and (b) other members of the royal family in their official roles.

      Royal Finances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether paragraph 31 of the 1993 Memorandum of Understanding on the subject of royal finances has been invoked since its inception.

      Throat Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the survival rate was for throat cancer in the UK in the last 12 months.

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many drug seizures from foreign vessels have been made in Scottish waters since 1995; (2) what the weight of drug seizures from foreign vessels...

      Family Resources Survey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2002, Official Report, column 462W, on tax credits, when the Family Resources Survey 2000–01 was received by the...

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when an inventory was last prepared of the Government's holdings of art and antiques

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) disposals from and (b) acquisitions to the Government's art and antiques collection there have been since 1997.

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Government have to sell its holdings of art and antiques; and what discussions his Department is having on the subject.

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value is of the Government's holdings of art and antiques.

      Overseas Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the overseas trips on departmental business that have been undertaken in each of the last five years by officials in his Department; and...

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which consultation documents published by the Treasury in 2001 were not made available as paper copies.

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long the Treasury allowed for consultation on each of the consultation documents it published in 2001 in (a) electronic and (b) printed form.

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints the Treasury has received about its 2001 consultations by (a) electronic and (b) printed means.

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in what format the Treasury has published the results of its 2001 written consultations.

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether consultation documents published by the Treasury in 2001 carried the consultation criteria as recommended in the Cabinet Office code of practice on...

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many consultation documents published in 2001 in (a) electronic and (b) printed form the Treasury has monitored and evaluated in accordance with the...

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Treasury has appointed a designated consultation co-ordinator in accordance with the Cabinet Office code of practice on written consultations.

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since 1997, indicating for each consultation (a) if copies were available online, (b)...

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what public consultations have been commenced by his Department since 1 April; and what the (a) closing date and (b) website address of each were.

      Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the rules governing the publishing of (a) the Queen's accounts, (b) 10 Downing Street's accounts, (c) Chequers' accounts and...

      Trading Partners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) the coefficient of the exchange rates variation with sterling and (b) the value in sterling of reciprocal trade with the UK was for each of the...

      Employee Share Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the potential for employers to offer fractional shares within employee share schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Payroll Software

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much is set aside for Government Departments to replace their existing payroll provision with new software which has the Inland Revenue payroll...

      Tax Return Errors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) financial and (b) promotional incentives are offered to staff at the Inland Revenue for investigating errors in tax returns.

      National Rail

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether debt incurred by National Rail will be included in the net cash requirement.

      Enterprise Investment Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on take-up of the Enterprise Investment Scheme.

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many outstanding claims are pending in respect of the cases at issue in Clark (Inspector of Taxes) v. Perks and other appeals.

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what he estimates to be the total potential payout due from the Inland Revenue to claimants stemming from the cases at issue in Clark (Inspector of Taxes)...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what redress can be sought by claimants who have not been paid their back-tax, pursuant to the Court of Appeal's decision Clark (Inspector of Taxes) v....

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason payments have ceased following the Court of Appeal's decision Clark (Inspector of Taxes) v. Perks and other appeals; and if he will make a...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for which years claimants may have valid claims for refunds from the Inland Revenue after the Court of Appeal's decision, Clark (Inspector of Taxes) v....

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the (a) lowest, (b) highest and (c) average payout to claimants stemming from the cases at issue in Clark (Inspector of Taxes) v. Perks and...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims made by offshore workers have been paid as a result of the court decisions in Clark (Inspector of Taxes) v. Perks and other appeals.

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Court of Appeal's decision Clark (Inspector of Taxes) v. Perks and other appeals, for what reason taxpayers who overpaid due to mistaken...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the status is of claims made by offshore workers regarding payment to them by the Inland Revenue stemming from the court decisions in Clark (Inspector...

      Development Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2002, Official Report, column 73W, on development assistance, what strategy he has for raising UK official development...

      Parliamentary Answers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is his policy to ensure that documents referred to in parliamentary answers are available via his Department's website.

      Parliamentary Answers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for how long he retains documents referred to in parliamentary answers on his Department's website.

      Pharmaceutical Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2002, Official Report, column 336W, on pharmaceutical companies, what steps he is taking to ensure such tax incentives...

      Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people's annual gross income increased by more than £2,500 in each of the last two financial years for which such figures are available.

      Scotland Office Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the budget of the Scotland Office is determined.

      Scotland Office Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the comparability factors for Scottish expenditure via Barnett were determined.

      Spending Review Targets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Government will ask the National Audit office to determine whether the spending review targets have been met.

      Culture, Media and Sport (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason the comparability factor for Culture, Media and Sport in Scotland has decreased.

      Scottish Fiscal Autonomy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from the Scottish Executive on the issue of Scottish fiscal autonomy.

      Temporary Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees under contract from temping agencies worked in his Department; and how much was spent on temporary staff (a) as a total and (b) as a...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people attended the G7 Finance Ministers meeting in Halifax in June from (a) his Department and (b) other UK Government Departments; and what...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when and where Ministers in his Department have held meetings with Ministers and officials of the Irish Government since 1 June 2000; which Ministers were...

      Growth Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much growth would be required in the United Kingdom over the next two quarters of 2002 in order to meet the GDP growth targets set out in the 2002...

      Growth Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average GDP growth rate for the United Kingdom has been in each year since 1997–98.

      Growth Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on (a) the real growth rates of UK (i) total and (ii) average managed expenditure outlined in the 2002 Comprehensive Spending...

      Growth Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on (a) the real growth rates of UK departmental expenditure levels as outlined in the 2002 Comprehensive Spending Review and (b)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in cases where two parents share the care of a child, which parent will be eligible for the child tax credit.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to his answer of 24 April 2002, Official Report, column 336W, on tax credits, for what reason the Family Resources Survey for 2000–01...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the draft application form for the child tax credit and the working tax credit, with the relevant guidance notes.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which non-Government organisations will help distribute information about the new tax credits.

      Government (Appraisal and Evaluation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the consultation paper on a revised version of appraisal and evaluation in central Government before 24 July; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of publishing his Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

      Statistical Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many questionnaires or forms seeking statistical information were sent to businesses by (a) the Office for National Statistics, (b) the Inland Revenue...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answers of 8 July 2002, Official Report, column 769W, and 26 June, Official Report, column 945W, on taxation, if he will restate his...

      Marks and Spencer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the implications for his consultation document on VAT on Face Value Vouchers of the 11 July judgment of the European...

      Salaries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the percentage increase in spending on salaries in his Department for each year since 1992; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans there are to monitor annual progress against long term targets set out in public service agreements.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what sanctions he will use against Departments which fail to deliver their public service agreements.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer why there is no public service agreement target for Customs and Excise in respect of the illicit market share for oils in Northern Ireland; and if he will...

      Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money is on loan from the Public Works Loan Board, broken down by country or region of the United Kingdom; and how much money is available for...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have applied for conditional exemption from inheritance tax in the last 12 months; and how this tax relief is being amended to take into...

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the number of employees working in the UK without national insurance numbers.

      Local Government Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he estimates would be saved on the working families tax credit and other benefits if local government staff were paid a rate of £5 an hour.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how fees for an (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory proposed entitlement identity card will be treated in the national accounts.

      Strikes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many strikes due to industrial dispute have occurred in the UK in the past 10 years; and what the (a) location and (b) duration was of those that went...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) dates, (b) location and (c) sources were of attributable (i) articles, interviews or contributions for the media, books or other journals and...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action his Department has taken in response to the comments in the Seventh report by the Commissioner for Public Appointments concerning (a) an...

      Pregnancy Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the incidence per 1,000 population of (a) under-16 pregnancies, (b) 16 to 18-years-old pregnancies, (c) under-16 having abortions and (d) 16 to...

      Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on advertising in the last five fiscal years by (a) National Savings and (b) National Statistics.

      Departmental Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions on which appointments were made by Treasury Ministers in financial year 2001–02 an additional candidate was added to the...

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of deaths from cervical cancer occurred in women (a) over the age of 60, (b) between 30 and 59 and (c) under 30 years for (i) 2001 and (ii)...

      Euro Preparations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the staff costs are for NHS staff from trusts in the South East Region NHS trusts involved in the possible UK changeover to the euro...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what rate of entry he regards as suitable to join the euro.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has obtained EU permission to enter the euro without first rejoining the ERM, subject to a referendum.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of British overseas trade in 2001 took place using the euro.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the total cost involved to date in collating, drafting, completing and publishing the National Changeover Plan.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the period the UK should hold steady at his preferred rate for joining the euro before holding a referendum.

      11 Downing Street (Functions)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times he has permitted charities to use 11 Downing Street for functions since 1997; and how much money has been raised.

      EU Economy Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the document he sent to the EU giving the six monthly report on the UK's economy.

      Solicitors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what accounting procedures exist to log the amount of funds given to solicitors from private practice who are instructed to act for the Treasury.

      Equities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the (a) real and (b) nominal annual rate of return on UK equities between May 1997 and 16 July 2002.

      Financial Services Offences (Buckingham)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) companies and (b) individuals in Buckinghamshire have been found to have committed offences by the FSA; and what action was taken in each case.

      Pension Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Inland Revenue review of pension taxation will be completed; whether the report will be published; and if he will make a statement.

      Pension Schemes (Tax Relief)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the annual tax relief in each of the last five years received by individuals in (a) final salary, (b) defined contribution, (c) group...

      Service Attributable Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice his Department has given to the Ministry of Defence about the eligibility of retired disabled officers in receipt of a pension granted on...

      Community Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 2 July 2002, Official Report, column 286W, on the community development venture capital fund, if he will list those private...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Paramilitary Symbols

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what actions his Office is taking to address the problem of (a) paramilitary flags, (b) paramilitary murals and (c) kerbstone painting; and if...

    • Public Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his policy is on using 0870 telephone numbers for inquiries by the public to the Department and its agencies.

      EU Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what assessment he has made of the future job security of those employed in the voluntary and community sector after EU funding ceases in...

      Escaped Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the commitments he has given on the future treatment of prisoners on the run when they voluntarily return to the...

      Faith Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list projects involving faith communities which are supported by his Department.

      Police Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the agreement between the British and Irish Governments on police co-operation will come into operation.

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he intends to publish the accounts of the Forensic Science Northern Ireland for the year 2001–02.

      Life Sentence Review Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he intends publishing the annual report of the Life Sentence Review Commissioners.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Basingstoke on 4 July on the future of the full-time police reserve in Northern...

      Full-time Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many full time reserve police officers there were in Northern Ireland on 1 April in each year since 1990.

      Full-time Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the future of the full-time reserve in Northern Ireland.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Grant Distribution

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will revise the exemplifications of each of the options set out in "Formula Grant Distribution: A Consultation Paper" to take account of the comprehensive...

    • Grant Distribution

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the proposed percentage rates are of the floors and ceilings in relation to the transition to the new local government funding methodology set out in...

      Grant Distribution

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate for each London borough the effects of each of the options set out in Chapter 9 of "Formula Grant Distribution: A Consultation Paper".

      Grant Distribution

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out illustrative grant charges for Wokingham DC and West Berkshire DC for the current year on the assumption that each of his possible changes to...

      Area-based Initiatives

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list for each area-based initiative for which his Department is responsible the amount originally budgeted for in (a) 2000–01 and (b)...

      Improvement and Development Agency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the annual cost is of the Improvement and Development Agency to public funds; how many staff have been employed there in each of the last four years; and...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which councils retain control of council housing.

      Social Landlords

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many units were disposed of and what the total value was of disposals by registered social landlords in each year since 1997.

      Buildings (Height Restrictions)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what height restrictions there are on buildings in major cities throughout the UK.

      Fire Safety Legislation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans his Department has to introduce new fire safety legislation.

      Single Housing Inspectorate

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much it will cost to set up and run the Single Housing Inspectorate; and if he will make a statement.

      English Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he proposes to announce the outcome of stage 2 of the review of English Partnerships; and if he will make a statement.

      Land and Property Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the land and property programme budgets were calculated for 2000–01 and 2001–02.

      Transport (Deprived Areas)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much public money has been invested in transport provision for deprived areas in each of the last five years.

      Indices of Deprivation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what indices of deprivation he will use to allocate funds within the proposed new formula for the SSA for education.

      Indices of Deprivation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment has been made of the accuracy of the figures used for deprivation in the DETR report "Indices of Deprivation 2000"; and what use is made of these...

      Children Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many families with children have been assisted with accommodation through the provisions of the Children Act 1989 in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing Statistics

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a document specifying for each of the last three years (a) the number of people presenting as homeless, (b) the number of council...

      Property Statistics

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of properties are in (a) Band A, (b) Band B and (c) Band H in (i) Wigan MBC, (ii) the North West Region, (iii) inner-London boroughs, (iv)...

      Open Space and Playing Fields

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures he intends to take to increase the protection for open space and playing fields through the planning system.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the process for deciding which regions will be the first to hold a referendum on establishing an elected regional assembly.

      Planning Appeals (Castle Point)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many planning appeals relating to Castle Point were successful in each of the last five years for which statistics are available.

      Town Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consultations will take place with relevant former new town local authorities on which sites and projects will be designated as strategic under stage two of...

      Ministers (Compensation)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much his Department paid in compensation to Ministers from the former Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions who left Government in June;...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) dates, (b) location and (c) sources were of attributable (i) articles, interviews or contributions for the media, books or other journals and (ii)...

      Parliamentary Answers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) for how long he retains documents referred to in parliamentary answers on his Department's website; (2) whether it is his policy to ensure that documents...

      Crichel Down Rules

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to bring forward proposals to change the Crichel Down rules.

      Double Glazing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many council homes in the UK do not have double glazing; and what is being done to ensure that modernisations to council housing take place as soon as possible.

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which Minister will be responsible for taking decisions related to planning applications in respect of the Dome and surrounding developments on the Greenwich...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what representations his Department has had regarding the fitness of Anschutz Entertainment Group to proceed with the deal to hand over the Millennium Dome;...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of progress with the deal to hand over the Millennium Dome to Anschutz Entertainment Group; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what level of demand he estimates there will be for social care beds in each London borough area over the next three years; what resources will need to be made...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what action he is taking to improve recruitment rates of foster carers for London boroughs; what has been the change in use of agency foster placements (a)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people claimed housing benefit as a percentage of the (a) population of London and (b) population of the UK in (i) each London constituency and (ii) each...

  • Scotland

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many overseas visits she has undertaken since her appointment; to which countries; to meet which institutions and bodies; and at what cost.

    • Ministerial Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the running costs were of (a) her Ministers' private offices, separately identifying expenditure on staff, and (b) her Department in each year from...

      Litigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many cases (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have defended in (i) industrial tribunals and (ii) the courts in each year since 1997; how many...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the target time will be in 2002–03 for (a) Ministers to reply to letters from hon. Members and (b) officials in her Department to reply to...

      Entertainment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the total amount of money spent by Ministers in her Department since its creation on food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for...

      Entertainment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent by departmental special advisers on food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for official entertainment purposes in each of the last...

      Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the total cost of running the Department's press office was in (a) 1996–97 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland with reference to the 2000 Spending Review service delivery agreement targets, if a three-year rolling audit programme of local authorities by the Food...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many net additional staff her Department has recruited in each month since June 2001 at (a) executive officer level and (b) administrative level.

      Press Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the magazines and periodicals subscribed to by her Department, stating for each subscription the (a) number of copies taken and (b)...

      Press Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the newspapers subscribed to (a) Monday to Saturday and (b) on Sunday by her Department, stating for each subscription (i) the number...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of ordinary written questions for her Department were answered within a week of tabling in each month since June 2001; and what...

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff were employed by her Department on (a) 2 May 1997 and (b) 31 May 2002.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many families are in receipt of the national minimum wage in each constituency in Scotland.

      Beef Exports (France)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she plans to have with French representatives concerning the export of beef from the UK to France.

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations she has received from quarry operators since the aggregates levy come into effect in April.

      Offshore Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations she has made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding claims by offshore workers, pursuant to the Court of Appeal's decision...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the (a) dates, (b) location and (c) sources were of attributable (i) articles, interviews or contributions for the media, books or other journals...

      Temporary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many employees under contract from temping agencies worked in her Department; and how much was spent on temporary staff (a) as a total and (b) as a...

      Departmental Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many jobs under the remit of her Department in (a) the core department, (b) non-departmental public bodies, (c) executive agencies and (d)...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many formal and official inter-ministerial meetings her Department has held with the Scottish Executive since May 1999, broken down by (a) Scottish...

      LPG

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the location of each liquefied petroleum gas vehicle filling station in Scotland.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she is having with Customs and Excise on (a) detecting the people responsible for importing illegal meat products from China and (b)...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he is having with the Scottish Executive on illegally imported meat from China found on sale in shops; and if she will make a statement.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will publish for each constituency in Scotland the (a) actual and (b) percentage change in (i) youth, (ii) long term and (iii) total unemployed...

  • Advocate-General

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Advocate-General what the target time will be in 2002–03 for (a) ministers to reply to letters from hon. Members and (b) officials in her Department to reply to letters received...

    • Recruitment

      To ask the Advocate-General how many net additional staff her Department has recruited in each month since June 2001 at (a) executive officer level and (b) administrative level.

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the Advocate-General how many staff were employed by her Department on (a) 2 May 1997 and (b) 31 May 2002.

      Overseas Trips

      To ask the Advocate-General if she will list the overseas trips on departmental business that have been undertaken in each of the last five years by officials in her Department; and what the (a)...

  • Transport

    • Ferries (Southern Europe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in extending the terms of the Stockholm Agreement to ferries operating in Southern Europe.

    • Community Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many community councils were operating in England in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.

      Mobile Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to introduce legislation (a) enforcing a ban and (b) introducing a criminal offence for driving while operating a hand held mobile...

      Aviation Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if the Government are evaluating runway options for Heathrow and Gatwick that will provide additional runway capacity in five years or less; and if he...

      Aviation Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that London Gatwick maintains a network of full service operators and operations to enable passengers from UK...

      Aviation Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many take-off and landing slots have been handed back to the airport co-ordination slot co-ordinator at London Gatwick in the last 12 months,...

      Aviation Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Ministry of Defence airfields have been included in the Government review of UK aviation policy and subsequent consultations; and if he will...

      Aviation Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many take-off and landing slots have been bought at London Heathrow and Gatwick in the last 12 months, broken down by company.

      Aviation Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to hold discussions with airlines giving up slots on re-allocating them through the slot co-ordinators for use by regional air services.

      Aviation Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Ministry of Defence about opening up more RAF airfields for civil operations; if such openings will be on a full...

      Aviation Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has ensured that in the negotiations with the EU on changes to the slot allocation rules the existing mechanisms to allow for...

      Aviation Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on recent studies undertaken by his Department on UK-US Government aviation policy options and place the findings of such...

      Runways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his policy regarding the location of new runways to be built in the South East.

      Passenger Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the level of passenger overcrowding on the railways as the percentage of passengers in excess of capacity was during (a) the morning peak, (b) the...

      Passenger Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which train operating companies have an overcrowding standard as part of their franchise agreement; and what each such standard is.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the discussions his Department has held with the EU about the PPP for London Underground and state aid.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the extra money in expenditure on the London underground announced in the spending review will be spent on; and if he will make a statement;...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 16 July 2002, Official Report, column 143W, what contingency plans he has for the case where, after the financial close of...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set out Government spending on London Underground in each of the next three years as a result of the CSR.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give the overcrowding statistics for (a) 2001 and (b) 2002 to date for the London Underground.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to send the first payments to London Underground PPP contractors.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish details of the performance and investment targets set for London Underground in 2002–03.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action the Government are taking to ensure that Railtrack consults with the relevant local authority before it removes trees from railway property.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on maintenance of track by Railtrack in each of the financial years since 1996–97.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the European Commission's decision of 13 February to approve state aid towards the rescue of Railtrack Plc (in administration) has been published.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what has been the expenditure on capital account by Railtrack in administration since being placed in administration.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money has been drawn down by (a) Railtrack in administration and (b) Network Rail.

      Railway Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 25 June 2002, Official Report, column 772–3W, on railway vandalism, if he will (a) place a copy of the speech referred...

      Rail Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action is proposed to ensure that companies involved in railway repair and maintenance continue to have access to insurance cover liability in...

      Replacement Rails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average present cost is of relaying one mile of twin track on the UK railway network with replacement rails, and what the cost was five years ago.

      Gatwick-Inverness Transport Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make a decision on the proposed public service obligation between Gatwick and Inverness.

      Rail Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his reply of 19 December 2001, Official Report, columns 524–25W, on rail delays, if he will place copies of the latest updated...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made for his Department and the Strategic Rail Authority on the benefits of Crossrail; and if he will make a statement.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations his Department and the Strategic Rail Authority have received on Crossrail proposals from (a) the Royal Docks Cross Rail Group,...

      Great Western Rail Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what investment programmes are planned for the Great Western Rail Network; and if he will make a statement.

      Rail Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to allow increases in regulated rail fares above the current cap.

      Rail Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made as to the changes in the level of unregulated rail fares in comparison to the RPI in each of the last three years; and if...

      Fatalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what value for preventing a fatality is used by (a) his Department and (b) the Highways Agency when assessing cost benefit ratios on (i) the roads and...

      Public Transport (Taunton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the reliability of rail services to Taunton.

      Public Transport (Taunton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to encourage the greater use of bus travel (a) within Taunton, (b) within Wellington and (c) in and around Wiveliscombe in Somerset.

      Train Protection and Warning System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what value for preventing a fatality is used in assessments conducted (a) by and (b) for his Department from the fitting of (i) train protection and...

      Railway Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of new railway line have been completed in the last year; and how many are planned for each of the next two years.

      Railway Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new carriages have been delivered to train operating companies in Britain in the last year.

      Railway Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action he is taking to ensure that Railtrack and its successor body are undertaking the work necessary (a) to maintain, (b) to clean and (c) to...

      Railway Infrastructure (Repointing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many square metres of gridland stone work on the railway system have been repointed in each year since 1992.

      Railway Speed Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many structures on the railtrack system have been subject to speed restrictions in each year since 1992.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what interest rates have been agreed for the different financial facilities being made available by the SRA to Network Rail.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what Railtrack's cost of borrowing was in 2001–02; and what the cost of borrowing for Network Rail will be; (2) by how much the proposed...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library the documents referred to in the Rail Regulators statement on 27 June on the (a) enhancement refitting, (b) funding and...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his estimated date is for the first day of trading of Network Rail CLG.

      Road Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action the Government are taking to reduce the number of road related deaths.

      Disabled Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recommendations the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee have made to him in relation to the Disabled Persons Parking Badge Scheme...

      Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK takes a leading role in meeting the European Commission's objective of a 20 per cent. substitution by...

      A46 (Little Beckford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ask the Highways Agency to remove the bollards at the pedestrian safety refuge on the A46 at Little Beckford.

      Intelligent Motor Generator Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the intelligent motor generator technology developed by Ricardo in reducing fuel...

      Road Schemes (South West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for new road schemes in the South West; and what the (a) cost and (b) commencement date is in each case.

      A12 (Colchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects work to be completed on connecting the Colchester northern approach road to the A12.

      HGV Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the strategic routes with HGV lanes.

      Car Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 16 July 2002, Official Report, column 143W, on car use, what evaluation he has made of the impact of the Mayor of London's...

      A3 Hindhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his latest estimate is for (a) the commencement and (b) the completion of construction of the A3 at Hindhead; what representations he has recently...

      Variable Road Speeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 2 July 2002, Official Report, column 217W, on variable road speeds, if he will place a copy of the report in the Library.

      Highways Agency Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research and contract work has been conducted for the Highways Agency since 7 June 2001 by (a) W. S. Atkins, (b) Amey and (c) Balfour Beatty; and...

      Silverstone Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 28 June 2002 to the hon. Member for Bath (Mr. Foster), Official Report, column 880W, on the Silverstone Bypass, if he will...

      Public Highway Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 7 February 2002, Official Report, column 1094W, on public highway closures, when and by which magistrates court Downing...

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average incidence of people (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in road accidents in Great Britain was for 1994 to 1998; and what the average...

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set out the criteria for assessing whether a road accident in Great Britain takes place in a disadvantaged community for the purposes of the...

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average incidence of children (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in road accidents in Great Britain was for 1994 to 1998; and what the...

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how he plans to take forward his responsibility for delivering the public service agreement to reduce fatalities and serious injuries in traffic...

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many children were (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in Great Britain in road accidents in each year from 1994; and what the average was for...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total length of HGV lanes is on the strategic network.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the roads providing drivers with instant access to network conditions; and what the total length of road is providing this information.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of new (a) motorway and (b) trunk roads have been completed in the last two years; and how many are planned for the next two years;

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what is the estimated number of people living within 600m of a trunk road; (2) what length of strategic road network was widened in each of the...

      Congestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport to what extent he estimates the Mayor of London's proposals for congestion charging will contribute to the delivery of the public services agreement...

      Congestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how he plans to take forward his responsibility for delivering the Public Services Agreement to reduce congestion in London to below 2000 levels by 2010.

      Congestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make a statement on progress towards the target of a 15 per cent. reduction in traffic congestion across London, as given in the...

      Congestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will publish the next surveys relating to the level of congestion on the inter-urban trunk road network and in large urban areas.

      Congestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to restrict the power of the Mayor of London to introduce congestion charging.

      Transport Benchmarks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the benchmarks are for (a) rail punctuality, (b) rail reliability and (c) rail use against which the PSA targets for transport contained in the...

      Transport Benchmarks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of overcrowding on London trains; and if he will give the benchmark against which he will judge the target of...

      Transport Benchmarks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department will publish local competition benchmarks.

      Road Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made as to (a) the current level and (b) the level as at July 2000 of maintenance backlog for (i) local roads, (ii) bridges and...

      Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice his Department issues to the Highways Agency with regard to the (a) phasing of roadworks and (b) timing of verge grass cutting.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many (a) passenger journeys on buses and (b) bus trips per person per year there were in each of the last three years for which figures are...

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, (1) pursuant to his answer of 2 July 2002, Official Report, column 205W, on bus priority schemes, how many routes were operated by guided buses as...

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make a statement on progress towards the output of (a) improved bus frequencies, (b) enhanced off-peak and (c) enhanced night bus...

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 10 July 2002, Official Report, column 976W, on bus services, against what benchmark he will judge whether his Department is...

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the accessibility indicator (households within 13 minutes walk of a bus stop with a service frequency at least once an hour was for (a) small...

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information he collates on the frequency of buses in London; and if he will provide such statistics for the last four years.

      Buses and Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve the sustainability and environmental quality of buses and taxis in city areas.

      Buses and Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will establish a working group to review the quality of taxi systems in major English cities.

      Buses and Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will license a new class of taxis in inner city areas based on smaller vehicles.

      Buses and Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the Smart car and similar vehicles as taxis for city areas.

      Trams and Light Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment for the purposes of the 10-year plan he has made as to the change in journey speeds on tram systems in London over the last two...

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by his Department in re-branding his Department (a) in total and (b) sub- divided between (i) design of the departmental logo,...

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much has been spent on consultancy fees in relation to the change in Department structure since June; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will publish new guidance on the flexible public transport services which the law already allows.

      Reppir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the meaning is of the term 'carrier' as used in REPPIR.

      Anglo-Scottish Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many formal and official inter-ministerial meetings his Department has held with the Scottish Executive since May 1999, broken down by (a) Scottish...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when and where Ministers in his Department have held meetings with Ministers and officials of the Irish Government since 1 June 2000; which Ministers...

      Job Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many jobs under the remit of his Department in (a) the core Department, (b) non-departmental public bodies, (c) executive agencies and (d)...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will answer the question from the hon. Member for Chichester, tabled on 22 May, on the official travel of departmental and non-departmental...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) dates, (b) location and (c) sources were of attributable (i) articles, interviews or contributions for the media, books or other journals...

      Temporary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many employees under contract from temping agencies worked in his Department; and how much was spent on temporary staff (a) in total and (b) as a...

      Travel Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which local authorities grant a 100 per cent. concession for travel by (a) bus, (b) train and (c) bus and train.

      Transport Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many transport schemes to address demand in rural areas were funded by the Government in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02.

      Parliamentary Answers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether it is his policy to ensure that documents referred to in parliamentary answers are available via his Department's website; (2) for how...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding is available to develop transport links to the Thames Gateway.

      Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what public consultations have been commenced by his Department since 1 April; and what the (a) closing date and (b) website address of each were.

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many consultation documents published in 2001 in (a) electronic and (b) printed form his Department has monitored and evaluated in accordance...

      Home Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which home zones have been introduced in each of the last three years.

      Direct Electronic Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the transport-related services offered by Government via direct electronic access.

      Galileo Satellite System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimates his Department has made of the economic and transport-related benefits to the United Kingdom and the European Union from the proposed...

      Galileo Satellite System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what investigations have been made by his Department into the possible use of the Galileo satellite system for monitoring the movements of motorists.

      Galileo Satellite System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimates have been made by his Department of the extent to which the proposed Galileo satellite navigation system will duplicate services...

      Galileo Satellite System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total estimated cost is of the Galileo Satellite Navigation System; how much the United Kindgom is contributing; and if he will make a...

      Former Ministers (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was paid by his Department in compensation to Ministers from the former Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions, who left...

      Government News Network North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what occasions press releases have been released on behalf of (a) his Department, (b) the Highways Agency and (c) the Health and Safety Executive by...

      Adventure Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many deaths have occurred on adventure holidays in the past five years.

      Overseas Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the overseas trips on departmental business that have been undertaken in each of the last five years by officials in his Department;...

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made towards meeting the targets set out in 'Our towns and cities: the future', relating to (a) journey times on the London...

      Infrastructure Pricing Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the forthcoming European Directive on infrastructure pricing reform.

      Transport Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the review of the planning process for transport projects to which transport funding announced by the Chancellor of the...

      Transport Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) benchmark lead times for major infrastructure transport projects and (b) shortened lead times are which form part of the delivery reform...

      EU Committees (Scottish Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the EU Scientific Committee for occupational exposure limits to chemical agents is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish...

      EU Committees (Scottish Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Joint Committee on the carriage of goods and passengers by inland waterway (EC-Czech Republic-Republic of Poland-Slovak Republic) is next due...

      EU Committees (Scottish Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the EC-Slovak Republic Joint Transport Committee is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are...

      EU Committees (Scottish Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the EC-Hungary Joint Transport Committee is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members...

      EU (Scottish Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State when the EC-Czech Republic Joint Transport Committee is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it;...

      EU (Scottish Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the EC-Poland Joint Transport Committee is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members...

      EU (Scottish Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2002, Official Report, columns 606–07W, when members of the Scottish Executive have attended meetings of the EU...

      General Lighthouse Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under what terms the General Lighthouse Fund has lent money to operate holiday homes to Trinitas Services; what net rental proceeds have been remitted...

      General Lighthouse Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the General Lighthouse Fund report and accounts for the financial year 2001–02 will be published; and if he will make a statement.

      General Lighthouse Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the lighthouse centres opened to visitors over the past two years; what the (a) capital costs, (b) revenue costs and (c) income of each...

      General Lighthouse Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what investment has been made by the General Lighthouse Fund in the development of the 40 vacant houses owned by Trinity House to turn those dwellings...

      General Lighthouse Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the value is of the General Lighthouse Fund's reserve fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Transport 10-year Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a list of the 96 major local road and public transport schemes approved under the transport 10-year plan.

      Transport 10-year Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the lines included in the target given in his 10-year plan for an 80 per cent. increase in patronage on intercity lines, at paragraph...

      Transport 10-year Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library an updated copy of Table A3 from the 10-year transport plan (a) at outturn prices or (b) at today's prices.

      Public Service Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the public service agreement target in respect of the national cycling strategy was removed in the 2002 Comprehensive Spending Review;...

      Mersey Passenger Transport Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the extent to which his officials consult the Mersey Passenger Transport Authority on questions about the authority.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Members of Parliament (Personal Data)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what information is held by her Department on each hon. Member in relation to (a) personal relationships, both current and past,...

    • EU Committees (Scottish Executive Representation)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the EU Committee on the service in the member state of judicial and extrajudicial documents and on co-operation between the...

      EU Committees (Scottish Executive Representation)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the EU Committee on the jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and in matters...

      Parliamentary Answers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department for how long she retains documents referred to in parliamentary answers on her Department's website.

      Bonded Legal Assistance

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans she has to regulate and control solicitors and companies who provide bonded legal assistance; and what plans she has...

      Rape Trials

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will set up a Thematic inquiry into the way rape trials are dealt with by the judiciary; and if she will make a statement.

      Rape Trials

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) what procedure there is for removing the authorisation to judges to hear rape trials; and to whom the procedure is...

      Code of Practice on Access to Government Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when she plans to publish the monitoring report for the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information covering the year 2001.

      Libra Project

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the progress of discussions between the Lord Chancellor's Department and Fujitsu Services on the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the personal delivery of some appeal determinations to asylum seekers.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the Electoral Commission will be advised of the need to incorporate Gibraltar within a European Constituency in time for the...

      Consultation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what public consultations have been commenced by his Department since 1 April; and what the (a) closing date and (b) website...

      Anglo-Irish Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when and where Ministers in her Department have held meetings with Ministers and officials of the Irish Government since 1 June...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department on what grounds a freedom of information request can be denied by the Government; and how many of these requests have been denied...

      Thames Valley (Trials)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many trials in the Thames Valley Magistrates' Court area have been cancelled because of a shortage of legal advisers since...

      Magistrates' Courts Committees

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what arrangements are being made to transfer civil servants from national to local employment in connection with the replacement...

      Performance Targets

      Tony Wright: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list the performance targets that the Lord Chancellor's Department, its agencies and non-departmental...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will reply to the questions tabled by the hon. Member for Putney (Mr. Colman) transferred to her Department by the...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the Legal Services Commission's Land Charges Department will complete its project to cleanse the data held on its computer...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what training has been given to staff of the Legal Services Commission Land Charges Department to improve the accuracy of data...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the Legal Services Commission will complete its project to enable its computer system to produce statements of amounts owed...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the Legal Services Commission's computer system will be able to provide an on-screen explanation of the change to the...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the Legal Services Commission's computer system will produce statements on a rolling basis, annually from the date of first...

      Fines (Greater Manchester)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list the total fines imposed in each of the last three years for each magistrates court area in Greater Manchester;...

      Life-Prolonging Treatment

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the draft guidance to doctors "Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Prolonging Treatments: Good...

      Life-Prolonging Treatment

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department with reference to consultation on "Making decisions: helping people who have difficulty in deciding for themselves", what legal...

      Life-Prolonging Treatment

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department whether it has been assumed that ending the life of a patient on grounds of poor quality is standard practice in her consultation...

      Trials

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what proportion of trials were ineffective in each of the last three years.

      Data Protection Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will place in the Library copies of each version of the guidance distributed to officials to advise them on how to answer...

      Judges' Lodgings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what action has been taken since the publication of Lord Justice Auld's report to assess the value for money provided by...

      Judges' Lodgings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the average cost was of running judges' lodgings per night of accommodation provided in the financial year 2001–02.

      Judges' Lodgings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list the (a) units of residential accommodation owned or rented by his Department for occupation by judges on circuit,...

      Judges' Lodgings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the average cost was of running judges' lodgings per judge accommodated at each of the individual lodgings in the lodging...

      Judges' Lodgings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the average cost was of running judges' lodgings per judge accommodated in financial years (a) 2000–01 and (b)...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if she will make a statement on the implications of the criminal justice White Paper for her plans for magistrates court closures.

      Referendums

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what her responsibilities are for the organisation of referendums.

      Goodwin and I v. UK

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much public money has been spent fighting the case of Goodwin and I v. UK.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the fairness of the recent parliamentary elections in Mali.

    • Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to bring all sides in Liberia's civil war to peace negotiations; and if he will make a statement.

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the relationship between the Central African Republic and its neighbouring countries.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had and what representations (a) he has made and (b) plans to make on the moving of international...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was discussed at the meeting with Foreign Minister Mudenge on 10 November 2001; and what the conclusions were from that meeting.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the appeal of the UN Security Council President for additional funding for peace building support...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that the international community continues to protect the peace process in Sierra Leone; and...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received concerning divisions between Sierra Leone's army and the Sierra Leone People's party;...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the threat posed to peace and stability in Sierra Leone by (a) President Charles...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has collated concerning the fairness of the May electoral process in Sierra Leone; and in particular the...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs until when the UN Mission and the British military and police training teams are scheduled to remain in Sierra Leone; and if he...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to seek to ensure that Revolutionary United Front insurgents and Kamajor militias inside...

      G8 Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what plans there are for taking forward the commitments made at the G8 summit to support African efforts to consolidate...

      G8 Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how the G8 will take forward discussions relating to war economies.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) the Governments of India and Pakistan, (b) other Governments and (c)...

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the opening hours of the entry clearance posts in (a) Islamabad, (b) Lahore, (c) Mumbai and (d) New Delhi are; and how many...

      Visa Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will meet the hon. Member for Leicester East and other hon. Members to discuss the reduced visa facilities, in New...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he had collated on how many executions there were on average in Iran each month in each year since 1997 and...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Iran on the discrimination against women set out in child custody laws...

      East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 9 May 2002, Official Report, column 310W, on East Timor, if he has congratulated the Government of...

      Cayman Islands (Human Rights)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what legal challenges he has received to the application of the Human Rights Act 1998 in the Cayman Islands.

      Cayman Islands (Human Rights)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what legal challenges he has received in respect of application of the European Convention on Human Rights in the Cayman...

      Cayman Islands (Human Rights)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 16 July 2002, Official Report, column 175W, on overseas territories, if he will list those overseas...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the United Kingdom's representation on the European Union's Economic and Social Committee.

      European Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the proposed percentage increase in staff following the forthcoming enlargement to the (a)...

      Enron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the reviews by the Turks and Caicos Islands and Cayman Islands of Enron-related offshore companies.

      United States (Terrorism)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of the United States of America concerning the US Justice Department's planned...

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how he plans to hold to account countries that have reneged on their ratification of global treaties on the spread of weapons of...

      Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 12 July 2002, Official Report, column 1256W, on arms exports, to which EU countries representations...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 8 July 2002, Official Report, columns 650–52W, on export licences, with which countries the...

      Rapid Reaction Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs where he plans to instigate his first rapid reaction embassies.

      Applications for Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the method of handling the applications for asylum by two boys in Melbourne on 18 July.

      Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 16 July 2002, Official Report, column 175W, on overseas territories, with which overseas territories...

      Travellers Tips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2002, ref. 68235, if he will list his travellers tips for gay travellers and his guidelines...

      Parliamentary Answers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) for how long he retains documents referred to in parliamentary answers on his Department's website; (2) whether it is his...

      Malcolm Rennie/Brian Peters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 21 June 2002, Official Report, column 633W, on Malcolm Rennie/Brian Peters, whether the document that...

      Bilateral Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 20 June 2002, Official Report, columns 534–35W, on bilateral ministerial meetings, on what date...

      UN Special Rapporteur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to support the establishment of a UN Special Rapporteur on violence against children.

      Grant in Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the actual and planned grant-in-aid to the (a) BBC World Service and (b) British Council for each of the years...

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what public consultations have been commenced by his Department since 1 April; and what the (a) closing date and (b) website...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) dates, (b) location and (c) sources were of attributable (i) articles, interviews or contributions for the media,...

      Temporary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many employees under contract from temping agencies worked in his Department; and how much was spent on temporary staff (a)...

      Departmental Jobs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many jobs under the remit of his Department in (a) the core Department, (b) non-departmental public bodies, (c) executive...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under what circumstances asylum seekers would be handed over by the staff in UK overseas missions to the local authorities; if...

  • Trade and Industry

    • EU Committees (Scottish Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee for senior labour inspectors is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and...

    • Directives (Trade Barriers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee for the adaptation to technical progress of directives on the removal of technical barriers to trade in the sector of...

      Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what arms export licences to (a) India and (b) Pakistan her Department examined from January 2000 to June 2002; how many were (i) approved and...

      Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of UK arms exports she estimates to have been incorporated into products for annual export in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Policies (Isle of Wight)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the activities pursued by her Department that have had a particular impact on the Isle of Wight since 7 June 2001.

      Company Takeovers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received on the takeover offer made on 28 March by GBV Funfte GmbH, for the whole of the issued share capital of...

      Data Protection Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of the Data Protection Act 1998 on business transactions and volume of paperwork which has resulted.

      Data Protection Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from businesses as to difficulties in meeting the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998; and if...

      Auditors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is on rotation of companies' auditors for quoted public companies; and if she will make a statement.

      Auditing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what new steps she is taking to tighten the rules on auditing procedures.

      Export Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether an application was made by Harvey Logistics/Harvey Military Supplies in 2001 for the export of mortar bombs and parts of mortar...

      Trawlermen (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of processed claims made under the Icelandic Waters Trawlermen's compensation scheme have been rejected.

      WorldCom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what complaints were received by her Department about accounting practices at WorldCom in Britain in 1999; and what action was taken to...

      Accountancy and Audit Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether her co-ordinating Group on Audit and Accountancy issues (a) has discussed and (b) will discuss (i) an independent Regulator of...

      Accountancy and Audit Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) whether she plans to review major reform in accountancy regulation (a) now and (b) at the end of the first five years of the existence...

      Gas Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proposals her Department has to encourage oil and gas companies to utilise existing offshore gas reservoirs for re-injected gas storage;...

      Gas Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions her Department has had with major oil and gas companies about the future utilisation of depleted gas reservoirs in offshore...

      Gas Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessments she has made of the (a) current volume of depleted gas reservoirs in offshore fields and (b) potential volume of gas...

      Gas Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received about the development of onshore subterranean gas storage and processing facilities; and what her...

      Electricity Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what electricity standard licence condition modification proposals she has received in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002.

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations her Department has received regarding UK emission reduction obligations without nuclear energy.

      Small Energy Generators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of NETA on small energy generators.

      Export Licence Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when a decision will be made in respect of export licence application No 29747; and if she will make a statement.

      Business Start-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what specific programmes her Department has to encourage environmental enterprise in rural areas.

      Business Start-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what partners her Department works with in identifying and encouraging enterprise in rural areas.

      Business Start-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new businesses in the environmental enterprise sector have been established with the help of resources from her Department in each...

      Business Start-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) conferences and (b) seminars her Department has (i) organised and (ii) supported in the past five years aimed at stimulating new...

      WEEE Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on basing the proposed waste electrical and...

      WEEE Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she has taken to ensure that the proposed waste electrical and electronic equipment directive is introduced in a way that is (a)...

      WEEE Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what responsibility for the implementation of the waste electrical and electronic equipment directive into UK law will lie with (a) her...

      Company Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the way in which small firms present their accounts, following her recent announcements on audit practice.

      Eco-design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to ensure that incentives are in place for the eco-design of products.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had regarding small business growth; and what the outcomes of those meetings were.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how the Government defines a small business; and what (a) guidance has been given and (b) legislation is in place regarding the encouragement...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many small businesses have (a) started up and (b) closed down in the past five years by region.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the powers Ministers have with regards to securing the supply of energy.

      BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) for what reasons her Department has engaged Andersens as a consultant to advise on the restructuring of BNFL; (2) who the (a)...

      BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the financial position of BNFL.

      Business Ethics Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much of the SBS Business Incubation Fund has been allocated; how many applications have been rejected; how many applications are awaiting...

      Auditing and Accounting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action the Government are taking to strengthen auditing and accounting requirements.

      Office for Civil Nuclear Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2002, Official Report, column 353W, on OCNS, which other Government agencies are used to train OCNS staff;...

      European Energy and Transport Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the European Energy and Transport Forum will meet; where it will meet; how often meetings will take place; and if she will make a statement.

      Council for Excellence in Management and Leadership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times in the last 12 months members of the SBS have met the Council for Excellence in Management and Leadership.

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects the Employment Tribunal System Taskforce to report; and if she will publish the report.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the regional development agencies have prepared annual accounts and reports for 2001–02; and if she will make a statement.

      Company Auditors (Supervisory Bodies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she has received the annual reports for 2001 from the recognised supervisory bodies for company auditors under Part II of the Companies Act...

      Penrose Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she expects the Penrose Inquiry to be published in 2002; and if she will make a statement.

      Directives (Trade Barriers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee for the adaptation to technical progress of directives on the removal of technical barriers to trade in the sector of...

      EU Committees (Scottish Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee overseeing the conditions governing imports of agricultural products originating in third countries following the...

  • Minister for Women

    • Ministerial Group on Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women (1) what is the budget of the Ministerial Group on Domestic Violence; (2) how many times the Ministerial Group on Domestic Violence has met in the last 12 months;...

  • Education and Skills

    • School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on school transport per secondary pupil in each English local education authority in each of the last five years; and how...

    • School Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the statement of the School Standards Minister of 15 July 2002, Official Report, column 67, lines 1–2, and the statement...

      Out-of-School Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what targets Ofsted has set for the inspection and registration after 2003 of out-of-school clubs; and when they will be published;...

      Crèches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what requirements there are for qualified staff to be in attendance at creche facilities operating for less than two hours a day in...

      Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether, in preparing a response to the UN General Assembly Special Assembly for Children held in May, she will report on the work of other...

      Schools (Administrative Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many administrative staff were working in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in (i) St. Helens Metropolitan borough council...

      Behaviour Improvement Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which LEAs have behaviour improvement plans funded by central Government; what the cost of each has been; and what criteria were adopted by...

      Teaching Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching vacancies in Surrey are unfilled; and how many were unfilled 12 months ago.

      Teachers' Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the proportion of the rise in Government liabilities resulting from unfunded teacher pension schemes in...

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of serving head teachers have participated in the leadership and management programme for new head teachers.

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of teachers have achieved the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of serving head teachers have achieved the (a) Leadership Programme for Serving Head Teachers and (b) National...

      Education (St Helens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children received education (a) in pupil referral units and (b) at home in (i) St Helens, (ii) Merseyside, (iii) the Northwest and...

      Education (St Helens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacant teaching positions there were (a) by subject and (b) as a percentage of all teaching positions in (i) St Helens, (ii)...

      Education (St Helens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the adult literacy rate was in (a) St Helens, (b) Merseyside, (c) the North West and (d) England in each year since 1996.

      Education Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils in each local education authority took part in each of her Department's initiatives which have not yet been...

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on proposals for new grammar schools as part of her schools specialisation policy.

      Secondary Transfer Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action is being taken to assist those local authorities with a shortfall of secondary transfer places for September; and if she will...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the cost of the closure of (a) the Individual Learning Account programme, (b) the investigation by the ILA...

      Foreign Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made as to the number of schools that plan to make the teaching of a foreign language optional at Key Stage 4.

      Somerset College for Arts and Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what levels of funding for further education will be given to Somerset College for Arts and Technology in (a) 2002–03, (b)...

      Learn Direct Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people have enrolled on Learn Direct Plus in the constituency of Taunton since it began; how many courses are provided in Taunton...

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent advice she has issued to further education colleges in connection with the education of young people aged between 14 and 16...

      Per Capita Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the per capita central Government funding was for (a) Surrey and (b) Durham.

      Leadership Incentive Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what criteria the recipients of leadership incentive grant will be chosen; and why the grant is only available to secondary schools.

      Schools Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what extra funding, in addition to the education standard spending assessment, has been supplied to (a) schools and (b) local authorities in...

      Schools Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what contribution her Department made to determining the indices of deprivation to be used to allocate funds within the proposed new formula...

      Schools Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment she made of alternatives to the former DTLR's Index of Multiple Deprivation 2000 in determining funding for different...

      Schools Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Department for Education and Skills has formulated a sum for basic allocation within the new SSA formula for education for (a)...

      Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether money allocated to her Department as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review will be used to increase funding and resources for...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) specialist schools and (b) applicants for that status offer music as their specialist subject.

      Training and Enterprise Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list (a) the total sums made available to training and enterprise councils and (b) the sums spent by TECs on (i) work-based...

      Training and Enterprise Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list in respect of each training and enterprise council the number of staff (a) employed at the end of 1999–2000, (b)...

      Training and Enterprise Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the aggregate amounts for each year from 1995–96 to 2000–01 to which her Department gave consent to transfer by...

      Training and Enterprise Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance was given by her Department to training and enterprise councils on the virement of funds between the budgets allocated for...

      Training and Enterprise Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list in respect of each training and enterprise council (a) her estimate of the aggregate of training and enterprise council...

      Training and Enterprise Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will list in respect of each training and enterprise council for 2000–01 the proportion of total expenditure on...

      EU Committees (Scottish Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when (a) the EU Socrates Committee, (b) the Erasmus and (c) the Comenius subcommittees are next due to meet; whether representatives of the...

      EU Committees (Scottish Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the EU Tempus Committee is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it;...

      EU Committees (Scottish Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the EU Advisory Committee on vocational training is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been...

      Anglo-Irish Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when and where Ministers in her Department have held meetings with Ministers and officials of the Irish Government since 1 June 2000; which...

      Politics (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the outcome was of the survey conducted by the Government's children's and young people's unit regarding young people's involvement in...

      Deprived Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what additional support is provided to schools in deprived communities; and if she will make a statement.

      Public Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her policy is on using 0870 telephone numbers for inquiries by the public to the Department and its agencies.

      Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many statutory instruments have been (a) introduced, (b) removed and (c) amended by her Department since 1 January; and what the (i)...

      Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the statistics that are collected by her Department by English parliamentary constituency; and if she will make a statement.

      Parliamentary Answers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) for how long she retains documents referred to in parliamentary answers on his Department's website; (2) whether it is her policy to...

      Broadband Internet Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of schools have broadband Internet access in (a) Tamworth, (b) Staffordshire and (c) England.

      Education SSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which local education authorities are in the lowest decile measured by their percentage change in education SSA since 1997; and what the...

      Tameside College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the inquiry into the management of Tameside College has been completed; whether all those who complained were interviewed by the...

      Strategic Training For Apparel And Textiles Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action she is taking to secure the continuation of the strategic training for apparel and textiles programme after June.

      Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 8th March, references 39110 and 39111, what the total cost was of the Computers Within Reach pilot scheme; how...

  • Prime Minister

    • Bushmeat

      To ask the Prime Minister if he intends to raise the issue of the unsustainable bushmeat trade at the world summit on sustainable development.

    • Bushmeat

      To ask the Prime Minister if his working group on forestry in preparations for the world summit on sustainable development has examined mechanisms for tackling the unsustainable trade in bushmeat.

      12 Downing Street

      To ask the Prime Minister what costs have been incurred in refurbishing 12 Downing Street since June 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      No. 10 Downing Street

      To ask the Prime Minister what the total cost of refurbishment and repairs to No. 10 Downing street was in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Health and Safety Commission

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the review of the location in Government of the Health and Safety Commission.

      Anglo-Irish Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister on what dates he has held meetings with ministers in the Irish Government since 1 June 2000; where each meeting took place; which Irish Government departments were...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 20 June 2002, Official Report, column 463W, when he will publish the detailed list of cabinet ministers' visits overseas and information on...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister what assistance was received for (a) non-Governmental organisations, (b) overseas Governments and (c) other agencies in meeting the cost of departmental special...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister what the total cost was to the Government of employing departmental and non-departmental special advisers between 31 March 2001 and 31 March 2002; and what percentage of...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister what the cost is of the paybill for special advisers in 2001–02; what the paybands are for 2002–03; and how many special advisers there are in each payband,...

      Public Pronouncements

      To ask the Prime Minister what the (a) dates, (b) locations and (c) sources of attributable (i) articles, interviews or contributions for the media, books or other journals and (ii) speeches or...

      Knighthoods

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list, broken down by party, the hon. and right hon. Members that have been knighted in each year since 1979.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister how many formal and official meetings he has held with the First Minister of Scotland since May 1999, broken down by (a) subject and (b) date.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what dates and in what locations Ministers in his Department held meetings with Ministers and officials of the Irish Government since 1 June 2000; which...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list (a) Government expenditure on ministerial overseas visits for the financial years 1996–97 to 2001–02 and (b) all visits overseas undertaken...

      Departmental Jobs

      To ask the Prime Minister how many jobs under the remit of his offices excluding those under the departmental remit of his Cabinet Ministers, are located in (a) Scotland, (b) England, excluding...

      International Students

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has for the future of the Prime Minister's Initiative to attract more international students to the UK.

      Throckmorton

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make an official visit to Throckmorton to study the effects of his Government's policies.

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and Health Service Commissioner for England

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement about the offices of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and Health Service Commissioner for England.

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Prime Minister who the new Information Commissioner will be.

      Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe

      To ask the Prime Minister what changes there are to the leadership of the United Kingdom Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

  • Wales

    • Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff have contributed to his Department's input to the Spending Review.

    • Temporary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many employees under contract from temping agencies worked in his Department; and how much was spent on temporary staff (a) in total and (b) as a...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the (a) dates, (b) location and (c) sources were of attributable (i) articles, interviews or contributions for the media, books or other journals and...

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since 8 June 2001, indicating the (a) length and (b) number of responses received in...

      Departmental Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how much the (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002 departmental reports cost to produce; (2) what the total production cost to the Wales Office was of the...

      Departmental Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the cost was of publishing his Department and its predecessor's annual report for each of the past five years.

      Overseas Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the overseas trips on departmental business that have been undertaken in each of the last five years by officials in his Department; and...

      Political Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many political appointments he has made in the Welsh Office since taking office.

      Job Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many jobs under the remit of his Department in (a) the core department, (b) non-departmental public bodies, (c) executive agencies and (d) independent...

      Overseas Profile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent steps he has taken to extend the profile of Wales abroad.

      Civil Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Home Office concerning the Government's proposals for improvement of civil courts.

      Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with Welsh Assembly Government colleagues concerning the impact of possible monetary union on Wales.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales concerning the backlog in processing the results of TB tests; and if he will make a statement.

      Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what his policy is towards using open source software; and what percentage is used in his Department.

  • Health

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter of 11 February from Councillor Carole Paternoster of Aylesbury Vale District Council about the provision of hospital beds...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will obtain for the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton a reply to the letter regarding Ms M. Allcock which the right hon. Member sent to the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the hon. Member for Broxbourne will receive a reply to her letters of 12 March, 11 April, 9 May, 6 June and 4 July 2002 relating to her constituent,...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letters from the hon. and learned member for Harborough regarding (a) St Luke's Hospital and the Coventry Road Hospital in...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 25 April from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Miss Irene Boyd.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes have been made since May 2001 in the way waiting lists are compiled; and whether NHS trusts in England apply the same criteria.

      Premature Retirements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what amounts have been provided for in 2002–03 (a) primary care trust budgets and (b) strategic health authority budgets for the cost of premature...

      Cardiology Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were waiting for cardiology operations in (a) the quarter ending March 1997 and (b) the latest available quarter in each health authority...

      Derbyshire Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the salary of the (a) Chair and (b) Chief Executive, and the total spending and capitation fee, of each of the Derbyshire primary care...

      Domiciliary Oxygen Therapy Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish his Department's review on the Domiciliary Oxygen Therapy service; and if he will make a statement.

      Branded Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of (a) the cost to the health service and (b) consequences for patients of the practice among pharmaceutical companies of...

      Morning-After Pill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what tests have been carried out on the morning-after pill prior to its authorisation for use; (2) whether an audit of the effectiveness of the...

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the labelling with the Union flag of food products processed in the United Kingdom but originating in other countries; and if he...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Food Standards Agency's Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's sub-group on salt received copies of the references, studies, research and...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence the Food Standards Agency's Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition will use in their review of the evidence on salt.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Food Standards Agency's Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition expects to contact the interested parties who submitted evidence to its review...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact an increase in induced medical abortions in the community will have on the hospital services of the NHS.

      Under-Age Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that plans to reduce under-age pregnancy protect children from sexual abuse and rape.

      Non-executive Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-executive directors on the (a) Doncaster Royal Infirmary/Mexborough Montagu/Bassetlaw Hospitals Trust, (b) Barnsley PCT, (c) Barnsley...

      Waiting Times (Breast Cancer)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was in the (a) Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and (b) South East Hampshire Health Authority for treatment of breast cancer in the...

      Neurofibromatosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which health trusts have consultants specialising in neurofibromatosis; and how many doctors are receiving training in this illness.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the value of peer education projects as part of the Government's Teenage Pregnancy Strategy. (2) what discussions he...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he (a) has had and (b) plans with the Ukrainian Government to offer advice on AIDS prevention and treatment schemes.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent representations he has received on (a) drug resistant disease and (b) HIV/AIDS; (2) what progress has been made towards the discovery...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the programmes that the Government are involved with in regard to HIV/AIDS research (a) at present and (b) in 2003; and if he will make a...

      Fluoridation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his officials last met the MRC with regard to further research into the health effects of water fluoridation.

      Fluoridation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to receive the MRC report with regard to further research into the health effects of water fluoridation.

      Fluoridation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the question of 16 May from the hon. Member for Workington on fluoridation in West Cumbria.

      Smallpox Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether during the negotiations for the smallpox vaccine contract he was informed of which company was to manufacture the smallpox vaccine should...

      Smallpox Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Powderject has guaranteed that the smallpox vaccine to be supplied by them will be free of BSE.

      Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practices in the United States.

      Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the application to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation of the open principles of Government.

      Rubella Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department had with Glaxo SmithKline about their decision to cease production of single rubella vaccine.

      Pneumococcal Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has conducted into the effects an over-65 age recommendation for pneumococcal vaccination would have on the health of people...

      Pneumococcal Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many over-65 year olds have received the pneumococcal vaccination in Wyre Forest in the past five years.

      MMR Vaccines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with management of Glaxo Smithkline about production of component vaccines of MMR.

      School Nursing Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2002, Official Report, column 1114W, on the School Nursing Service, what steps he is taking to encourage primary care...

      Patient Deregistrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the recommendations of the University of Sheffield report on patient deregistrations from GP lists.

      GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs have benefited from the Golden Hello Scheme since November 2001.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to (a) cut the workload of general practitioners and (b) increase their pay.

      GP Golden Hello

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the NHS GP Golden Hello scheme.

      Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the incentives available to encourage graduates to enter the National Health Service.

      Doctors (Recuitment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer given to the hon. Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox) of 2 July 2002, Official Report, column 298W, on doctors (recuitment),...

      Over-Medication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the statement of the hon. Member for Salford, (Ms Blears) of 13 February 2002, Official Report, column 112W, on over-medication, when he will...

      Health Services (Sussex and Worthing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his latest calculations are for the GP : patient ratio in (a) Worthing and (b) each PCT in Sussex; (2) what funds have been committed to...

      Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many overseas visitors to the UK were treated by the NHS in each of the last three years for which figures are available; what the total cost was to...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what policies he has to increase access to NHS dentistry in Gloucestershire; and what offers he has made to private dentists to re-enter the NHS as part...

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual expenditure by the NHS Litigation Authority on clinical negligence claims was in each year since 1995.

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors are used to calculate levels of clinical negligence insurance premiums paid by NHS trusts and primary care trusts to the NHS Litigation Authority.

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid by English (a) NHS trusts and (b) primary care trusts to the NHS Litigation Authority in the form of clinical negligence insurance...

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the net present value of outstanding clinical negligence claims against the NHS in England was in each year since 1995.

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how deficits in the NHS Litigation Authority budget for clinical negligence compensation are financed; and how surpluses are disposed of.

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the Government's White Paper on Clinical Negligence.

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and how much ex-gratia payments have been paid to NHS patients for NHS clinical negligence in the last (a) five, (b) 10 and (c) 20 years.

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he (a) has met and (b) plans to meet consultees to the White Paper on Clinical Negligence Reform.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of hearing aids fitted under the NHS is represented by digital aids; and what proportion of hearing aids being fitted as current practice...

      Health Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the per capita health funding is in (a) Surrey and (b) Durham for the 2002–03 financial year.

      Hospital Acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many older people whose discharge from hospital was delayed have acquired a healthcare-associated infection while waiting to be discharged in...

      Hospital Acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital trusts closed (a) wards and (b) operating facilities in the last 12 months due to hospital acquired infections.

      Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many social workers there were per 1,000 population in (a) the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Health Authority, (b) Hampshire and...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take measures to ensure that a higher proportion of patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease receive Reminyl; (2) if he will...

      Care Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the sum to be transferred from local authority budgets to the NHS to cover the nursing contribution payments from 1 April 2003.

      Care Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the recently published report of the Rowntree Trust into the economics of the care home sector.

      Care Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the final free nursing care contribution evaluation report was received by his Department.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 3 July 2002, Official Report, column 449W, on carers, what steps his Department has taken to encourage general practitioners to...

      Care Homes (Questionnaire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 15 July 2002, on care homes ref. 68876, if he will place a copy of the questionnaire in the Library.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many local authority (a) residential homes, (b) nursing homes and (c) dual registered homes have been voluntarily deregistered in each (i) local...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many single bed care homes there are in (a) England and (b) each local authority.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the availability of qualified staff before implementing Regulation 19(5)(b) in respect of care homes.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 18 July 2002, Official Report, column 540W, how much his Department has spent on recruitment campaigns to encourage people to...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what change there has been in the number of children being placed in foster care over the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Information Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in financial year 2001–02; if he will list the campaigns...

      Drugs (Import Restrictions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of drugs used in (a) the hospital service and (b) the community through the NHS are the subject of parallel importation from other...

      Hague Convention on Inter-Country Adoptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the United Kingdom Government will be in a position to ratify the Hague Convention on inter-country adoptions.

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the management of the NHS Bank will be franchised to the private sector.

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the activities of the NHS Bank since 15 May.

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been lent by the NHS Bank since it commenced operation on 15 May.

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what interest rate will be charged on amounts borrowed from the NHS Bank.

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the NHS Bank will be accountable to Parliament.

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether trusts investing surplus cash with the NHS Bank will earn interest on new deposits.

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets have been set for the NHS Bank.

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the NHS Bank will be accountable to the Chancellor of the Exchequer through public service agreements.

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much cash has been deposited with the NHS Bank by trusts.

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the expected composition of the board of the NHS Bank.

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Office for National Statistics on the accounting treatment of the borrowings of the NHS Bank.

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health over what period repayments of money borrowed from the NHS Bank will be made.

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the NHS Bank will have the authority to borrow from sources other than the Government.

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will determine the criteria to be met by successful applicants for loans from the NHS Bank; and what those criteria will be.

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is expected that the Government will deposit further sums at the NHS Bank.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans there are to increase the number of neurologists and paediatric neurologists with a specialism in epilepsy; (2) how many neurologists...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to promote epilepsy specialist nurses.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consideration the Government have given to the finding of the national audit of epilepsy-related death relating to deficiencies in the...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps are being taken to inform those with epilepsy of the risks of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy and ways of reducing risk; (2) what...

      Health and Social Care Inspectorates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much it will cost to set up and run the new merged Health and Social Care Inspectorates; and if he will make a statement.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 27 June 2002, Official Report, column 1075W, on homeless people, what the reasons were for the delay in answering the Question.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his assessment is of the effects of the changes to the calculation of personal social services block formula grant in 1999–2000 on the...

      Local Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information and guidance he issues to members of the public on becoming involved in local consultations on the provision of health care and social...

      Clinical Guidelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each UK region, the cost to the NHS of implementing each of the clinical guidelines set down by the National Institute for Clinical...

      London Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the introduction of stab and bullet-proof vests to London Ambulance Service staff will cost; and to what extent this will (a) come from the...

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the latest available figures for ambulance response times to category A calls, listed by ambulance trust, stating (a) what proportion...

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the accuracy of data collected on ambulance response times; (2) what monitoring is undertaken to ensure the quality...

      NHS Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the proportion of the rise in Government liabilities resulting from unfunded NHS pension schemes in England and Wales in...

      General Practice Surgeries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of routine appointment wait times in (a) Twickenham and (b) the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames at general practice...

      Redwood Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in negotiations with BUPA to create a diagnostic and treatment centre at the Redwood Hospital.

      Specialisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) neurologists, (b) paediatric neurologists and (c) nurses with a specialism there are in the UK.

      Hospital Trust Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what rules govern the appointment of vice-chairs for hospital trust boards.

      Inpatient Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of patients waiting for inpatient treatment have been waiting over one year; (2) which 10 health authorities have the highest...

      Patient Environment Action Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many visits have been made by patient environment action teams since their inception; which hospital trusts have been visited; and what improvements...

      Acute Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the bed occupancy rate in acute wards in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each NHS trust was in each of the last six years, including the most...

      Surrey and Sussex Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken by the Surrey and Sussex Health Authority to avoid manipulation of the waiting lists at hospitals in its area.

      Surrey and Sussex Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what process is available to inform doctors and patients as to the state of the waiting lists for (a) neurophysiology and (b) MRI scanning in the...

      Failing Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement regarding how the Government will assess whether a hospital is failing; (2) if he will make a statement on how quickly...

      Special Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many places there were in the special hospitals at (a) Ashworth, (b) Broadmoor and (c) Rampton at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Hospital Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers exist to enable NHS hospital staff to require co-operation from patients and visitors in complying with reasonable Health and Safety requests...

      Intermediate Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from health care providers on the use of intermediate care money to (a) reopen previously closed wards and (b)...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the percentage occupancy rate was of mental illness beds in (a) England and (b) each region in each of the last six years; (2) what the...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has a target for reducing the average period of untreated psychosis prior to a person receiving treatment.

      Pharmacists (Late Payments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons payments to pharmacists are not covered by the Late Payment of Debt Act 1998.

      Electronic Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to develop electronic prescriptions.

      Anaesthetic Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether all anaesthetic machines used in the NHS operate with (a) an oxygen analyser, (b) an anti-hypoxic guard and (c) both.

      Anaesthetic Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many anaesthetic machines are in use in NHS hospitals which are not fitted with (a) oxygen analysers and (b) hypoxic guards.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much time is required of (a) medical, (b) nursing and (c) management staff to develop a local cancer care plan.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations she has received regarding cancer rates at Burnham-on-Sea.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence he has evaluated of cancer clusters in Burnham-on-Sea.

      Nuclear Power (Cancer Clusters)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research he has evaluated on the effects of civil nuclear power on cancer clusters in areas around nuclear plants.

      Henoch Schonlein Purpura

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 16 July 2002, Official Report, column 124W, on henoch schonlein purpura, what criteria his Department uses to allocate funding...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what are the estimated costs to the National Health Service of treating asthma in (a) hospital expenditure, (b) primary care expenditure and (c)...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the co-ordinator for the prescription plus scheme for sufferers of MS will be in post. (2) what data his Department plans to collect to...

      Stroke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanism will be used to monitor progress against the milestones contained in Standard Five of the National Service Framework for Older People, for...

      Childcare Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 17 June 2002, Official Report, column 148W, on childcare staff if he will provide a breakdown of whole time equivalent staff in...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) agency staff, (b) positions unfilled for (i) one month and (ii) three months and (c) staff in children in care settings there were in each...

      Commission for Health Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the salaries are of the Chief Executive of the Commission for Health Improvement and other senior executives; (2) what has been the cost of...

      Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the implications are of the comprehensive spending review with regard to enhancing the patient environment; and if specific capital budgets will be...

      NHS Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department plans to change the amount of NHS information collected centrally.

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Sunderland, South (Mr. Mullin of 2 July 2002, Official Report, column 306W, on performance targets, what...

      Overseas Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the overseas trips on departmental business that have been undertaken in each of the last five years by officials in his Department; and...

      Competitive Tendering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions in the last 12 months the requirement to engage in a competitive tendering process has been waived by his Department due to national...

      Departmental Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints his Department has received about its 2001 consultations by (a) electronic and (b) printed means.

      Departmental Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has a designated consultation co-ordinator in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultations.

      Departmental Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which consultation documents published by his Department in 2001 were not made available as paper copies.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Westbury (Dr. Murrison) of 2 July 2002, Official Report, column 304W, on Remploy, what guidance his...

      Liam and Joel Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will allow Liam and Joel Blood, constituents, to put their father's name on their birth certificates.

      Kava

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he plans to review the sale of kava.

      Alternative Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last met representatives of alternative and complementary medical practitioners; what was discussed; and if he will make a statement.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he has taken a decision on referring cannabis to NICE for assessment once the clinical trials are completed; and if he will make a statement.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will answer the question tabled by the hon. Member for Nottingham North for answer on 23 May on strokes.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines he sets as to the time for information to be placed in the Library in response to parliamentary answers to hon. Members.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many oral questions he has transferred to other departments in each of the last 18 months.

      Acrylamide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent guidance the Chief Medical Officer has issued to the public regarding the incidence of acrylamide in baked and fried food; and if he will make...

      Encephalitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of encephalitis tick-borne infection were diagnosed in the UK in each year since 1997.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the EU Committee on the approximation of the laws, regulation and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning the manufacture,...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the EU Committee on the Community action programme on injury prevention is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a)...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the EU Committee for the implementation of the Decision to set up a network for the epidemiological surveillance and control of communicable diseases...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the EU Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme on health monitoring in the framework of the action plan for public health...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the EU Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme on health promotion, information, education and training is next due to...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the EU Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme for the prevention of AIDS and certain other communicable diseases is next...

      Nuclear Emergency Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research he has commissioned into the practicality of distributing iodine tablets as part of a national nuclear emergency plan.

      Ru-486

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what studies his Department has undertaken during each of the last 10 years into the safety of the abortion drug RU-486; and if he will make a...

      Ru-486

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what he estimates will be the savings during each of the next five years to the National Health Service of using the abortion drug RU-486 instead of...

      Ru-486

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the abortion drug RU-486 will be administered in accordance with the Abortion Act 1967, as amended by section 37 of...

      Ru-486

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many abortions were carried out in each of the last 10 years using the abortion drug RU-486; (2) what his proposed target levels in...

      Ru-486

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of incomplete abortions following the use of the abortion drug RU-486 is; and if he will make a statement.

      Ru-486

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what counselling is offered to a woman (a) contemplating, (b) during and (c) after an abortion using the abortion drug RU-486; and if he will make a statement.

      Birth Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to include women's health issues relating to preganancy and birth in future funding priorities for research councils.

      NHS Maternity Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list NHS maternity units in descending order of the number of (a) live births and (b) stillbirths in 2001.

      HFCs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review NHS Model Engineering Specification Rev 3 of November 1997 (MES C10 Refrigeration Plant General) to ensure that it conforms with the...

      Dental Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial assistance is available to pensioners when paying for dental treatment; and if he will make a statement.

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme on pollution-related diseases in the framework of the action...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the Community action plan to combat cancer is; how many times it has met over the last 12...

      Drink Additives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to receive guidance from the European Union Scientific Committee on Food on the upper safe levels for daily intake of (a) taurine and (b)...

      Drink Additives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to receive analysis of the research on the safety of high caffeine drinks from the EU Scientific Committee on Food; and if he will make a...

      Orphan Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely changes in cost to the NHS of the creation of monopoly suppliers through the licensing of orphan chemicals...

      EU Food Supplements Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what response the United Kingdom has made to the EU proposals to bring food supplements under the Medicines Directive.

  • Home Department

    • Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many offences there were and what the rate of incidence per 1,000 population was of (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual...

    • Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what actions have been undertaken to promote education on (a) human rights and (b) the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child...

      New Police Standards Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much it will cost to set up and run the New Police Standards Unit; and if he will make a statement.

      Court/Prison Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for the closure of (a) courts and (b) prisons.

      Police Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) adult male prisoners, (b) women prisoners and (c) juveniles were held in police cells in each of the last six weeks; and for how...

      Police Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are being held in police cells; in what areas of the country they are held; and at what cost to the Prison Service.

      Police Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what regulations and standards govern the treatment of prisoners held in police cells.

      Youth Offenders (Drugs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will indicate, for each prison, youth offenders institution and other institutions for offenders, people on remand and ex-offenders (a)...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many successful applications have been made since 1999 under the concession for over-age applications for entry clearance, following DNA...

      Correctional Services Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the form will be of the independent review of the correctional services described in the White Paper, "Justice For All".

      Brixton Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will announce the outcome of the market testing of the management of HMP Brixton.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements exist for asylum seekers to submit material in support of their claim.

      Road Traffic Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Government's response to the consultation paper on road traffic penalties will be published.

      Campsfield House

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the future of the Campsfield House immigration removal centre.

      IND Complaints Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on changes in the membership of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate's independent Complaints Audit Committee.

      Careless Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers convicted of causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs caused crashes which resulted in...

      Careless Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the average penalty given to (a) drivers convicted of causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs...

      Careless Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers charged with causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs were involved in crashes that...

      Careless Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers were convicted of multiple counts of causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs in each of...

      Careless Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs in...

      Careless Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers convicted of multiple counts of causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs (a) served the...

      Careless Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers convicted of multiple counts of causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs (a) were given...

      Breath Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what percentage of the breath tests carried out by police officers proved (a) over the legal drink-drive limit and (b) positive, but...

      Criminal Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests have been received from (a) local authorities and (b) others for Criminal Reference Bureau checks on job applicants, what...

      Home Detention Curfew

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners since 1 January have been released on the home detention curfew scheme broken down by (a) homicide and attempted homicide,...

      Age of Consent

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if it is intended to lower the age of consent, following the consultation "Setting the Boundaries; Reforming the Law on Sex Offences".

      Paedophile Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of convicted paedophile sex offenders re-offended after release from prison in each of the last 10 years.

      Sex Offenders Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women are registered on the Sex Offenders Register.

      Tobacco (Under-age Sales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many convictions relating to the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products from retail outlets to underage persons there were in the...

      Paedophiles (Name Changes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to prevent convicted paedophiles from changing their name by (a) deed poll and (b) other legal routes.

      Alcohol (Under-Age Sales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prosecutions relating to the sale of alcohol to underage persons (a) by retailers and (b) from licensed premises there were in...

      Crime (Avon and Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change there has been in the levels of crime in each category in the Avon and Somerset Police Authority between 2000–01 and...

      Specialist Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many specialist police officers are expected to be trained in the use of baton guns by the end of 2002; and if he will make a statement.

      Policing (Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much of the street crime, counter-terrorism, policing and prisons package announced on 1 May will be available to Sussex Police;...

      Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what criteria the level of public confidence in the criminal justice system is to be measured under the 2002 Public Service Agreement for...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the 2002 pay settlement for the National Probation Service will be implemented.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many permanent posts have been frozen for budgetary reasons in the London probation area in 2002–03.

      Home Detention Curfew Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many participants were in the home detention curfew scheme in (a) January, (b) February and (c) March.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were (a) cautioned and (b) arrested for (i) possession and (ii) supply of (A) heroin, (B) crack, (C) cocaine, (D)...

      Crime Reduction Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the population in each police authority's area benefit from each of his crime reduction initiatives which has not been...

      Asylum Removal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what lessons have been learned by his Department from the Yarl's Wood fire incident; and how those have been incorporated into the site...

      Double Jeopardy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which crimes will be affected by the new double jeopardy proposal.

      Remanded Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children remanded to prison were subsequently (a) found not guilty by the courts and (b) not given a custodial sentence, broken down...

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what method his Department uses to estimate the level of availability of heroin on the streets.

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of heroin-using offenders in (a) England, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) Bassetlaw re-offended in the last 12 months.

      Child Prison Suicides

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many child suicides in prisons there were, broken down by (a) age and (b) prison in each year since 1990.

      Children in Care (Offenders)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of (a) registered young offenders, (b) registered offenders, (c) young offenders resident in youth offender institutions, (d)...

      Children in Care (Offenders)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which statutory body has responsibility for the welfare of children in care who have been committed to a young offender institution or adult...

      Communications Data (Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements he has made for consultation on the regulation of access to communications data.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Woking dated 13 June regarding Dayekh reference D1056360.

      Retail Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much of the £15 million grant funding to help retailers tackle crime in deprived areas has been allocated; to whom it has been...

      Retail Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to make retail crime a best value indicator for police force performance.

      Police (Compensation Claims)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of the public have been prosecuted this year for making fraudulent and malicious compensation claims against the police; and...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in West Sussex, broken down by local authority area.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many compensation claims, and at what financial cost, have been made against (a) Sussex Police and (b) the Metropolitan Police in each...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the question from the hon. Member for Maidenhead of 8 March on the number of functioning police stations.

      Policing (Bromley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police served in (a) the London Borough of Bromley and (b) the Orpington sector of Bromley; and what the establishment figure was in...

      Departmental Policies (Northamptonshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Northamptonshire, the effects on the town of Northampton...

      Prisoners (CAB Advice)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on pilot schemes funded by the Community Legal Service to support Citizens Advice Bureau staff to advise...

      Emergency Services (Radios)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice his Department issues to police authorities on the need to ensure interoperability of radio systems with other emergency services.

      Police Funding (Surrey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change there has been in funds allocated by his Department to Surrey Police in real terms since 1997.

      Urban Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what schemes targeting urban regeneration needs are managed by his Department; how much each scheme has available to invest; what issues each...

      Offence Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many offences were reported in the Metropolitan police force area between (a) April to November 2000 and (b) April to November...

      Wheel Clamping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will amend the regulations in order to improve the clarity of signs relating to the clamping of cars on private roads.

      Civil Disturbances (West Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received regarding the costs to West Yorkshire Police of dealing with civil disturbances in the current financial...

      Police (Havering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give funding for additional police officers in Havering to meet the demands of its late night entertainment centre.

      Street Robbery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries were caused by street robberies in the Metropolitan Police area in 2001; and at what estimated...

      Police (Hillingdon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the operating hours of each police station within the Hillingdon Division of the Metropolitan Police Service in (a) 1997 and...

      Football Matches (Policing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to allow police to charge for policing outside football grounds on match days; and if he will make a statement.

      Police Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police officers have (a) left the profession and (b) been recruited in Coventry in each year since 1997; (2) what the...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions since 1 May 1997 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official...

      Police Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the complaints concerning the conduct of Deputy Commissioner Ian Blair by the National Black Police Association and by members of the...

      Crime and Disorder Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crime and disorder partnerships have a named anti-social behaviour co-ordinators.

      Policing (Cambridgeshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list (a) the Cambridgeshire Police Authority spend on the police and (b) the Government grant to the Cambridgeshire Police...

      Police Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish a White Paper on Police reform; and if he will make a statement.

      Superintendent Ali Dizaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will order an investigation as to why telephone conversations between Superintendent Ali Dizaei, the legal advisor to the National...

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to intervene in the operations of the Metropolitan Police; and if he will make a statement.

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have resigned from the Metropolitan Police force in each of the last three years.

      Mobile Phone Thefts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many mobile phone thefts there have been by (a) police authority area and (b) crime and disorder partnership area each year since 1997.

      Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours were lost in each year since 1997 owing to illness of police officers in Wales.

      Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in the Wandsworth policing division on 1 April; and how many there were on 1 April (a) 2001 and (b) 2000.

      Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his definition is of a front line police officer.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the complaint procedure in relation to the Criminal Records Bureau.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the Criminal Records Bureau will operate in relation to existing employees.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he will take and what records he will use to monitor the work of the Criminal Records Bureau.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the list of bodies registered with the Criminal Records Bureau.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on spent convictions in relation to the Criminal Records Bureau.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the Criminal Records Bureau will operate its disclosure service in relation to foreign nationals.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the Criminal Records Bureau will liaise with (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Scotland.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time from referral to answer by the Criminal Records Bureau was in the last 12 months.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints he has received concerning the operation of the Criminal Records Bureau.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his latest estimate is of the cost of the Criminal Records Bureau over its first 10 years; how far this varies from the initial...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had to increase the Criminal Records Bureau's access to criminal records from other countries with regard to child...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Criminal Records Bureau; and what mechanisms exist to levy financial penalties...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many mobile phones were stolen in (a) Wales, (b) the North West, (c) Lancashire and (d) Ribble Valley in each year since 1997.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will prohibit the sale of separate SIM cards for mobile phones.

      Community Wardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the funding of community wardens in Chorley.

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of whether the PSA target for the reduction in recorded burglary crime in households covered by burglary...

      Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what payments have been made to individuals following finding of maladministration by ombudsmen with responsibility for agencies under the...

      Police Strength

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which (a) divisions (i) of the Metropolitan Police and (ii) elsewhere and (b) constabularies outside the Metropolitan Police numbers are...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when guidelines will be issued for police authorities on child sex abuse cases; and if copies of the guidelines will be published.

      Professor Michael Barber

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when Professor Michael Barber will produce his report on ways to curb mugging; and if he will make a statement.

      Criminal Justice Revenue (Expenditure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his statement of 17 April 2002, Official Report, column 589, how much of the £100 million drawn down from the criminal...

      HM Inspectorate of Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when and by what means the latest vacant position within Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary was advertised; how many applications there...

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were per 1,000 population in the London area in (a) March1997 and (b) September 2001. Question number missing...

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police civilian staff are employed by the Metropolitan Police.

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the ratio of police officers to notifiable offences in each English police force for each of the last 20 years; and...

      Hertfordshire Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the strength of the Hertfordshire constabulary was on (a) 1 May 1997, (b) 1 April 2000, (c) 1 April 2001 and (d) the latest date for...

      Anti-crime Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the roles of (a) the Special Branch of Scotland Yard, (b) NCIS and (c) NCS in combating organised crime.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions between 31 March 2001 and 31 March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled...

      Funding (Luton, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what moneys have been provided (a) directly and (b) via agencies for which the Department has responsibility to the Luton, South constituency...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the kinds of public authorities likely to be granted access to communications data; how frequently he estimates each...

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what national standards exist on the local implementation and monitoring of community policing.

      Police Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action his Department has taken in light of the report by the Trade and Industry Committee on testing of the police communications radio...

      Offender Assessment System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total costs have been of introducing the Offender Assessment System for the prison and probation service; what estimates he has made...

      Price Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information the Standards Unit has requested from (a) police forces and (b) basic command units within police forces; and if he will...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the key performance targets are for training in each prison, broken down by category; and to what extent those targets have been met in...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total annual budget was in each of the last five years, for the inspection of Her Majesty's prisons.

      Freemasons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to require freemasons working in the police and criminal justice system to register their membership publicly;...

      Bigamy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many cases of bigamy were dealt with in British courts in each of the past five years for which figures are available; and how many...

      Ethnic Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) assaults and (b) other crimes with a racial motive were committed against Sikhs in the period 11 September to 31 December 2001...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to answer of 14 May 2002, Official Report, column 611W, what the average delay was for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority...

      Drug Users (Merseyside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered drug users there were on Merseyside in each year since 1994.

      Sentencing (Foreign Nationals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his policy regarding the serving of sentences imposed by British courts on foreign nationals in their own...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the question from the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South of 20 May, reference number 58559, on Metropolitan Police...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the question from the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South of 25 March, reference number 46442, on anti-social behaviour...

      Corporate Killing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to (a) complete the review of the law in relation to corporate killing and (b) introduce legislation on corporate killing.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in each prison establishment are held (a) two to a single cell and (b) three to a double cell.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of (a) prisoners and (b) prison staff in each prison establishment in England and Wales are from minority ethnic groups.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the Prison Service has a public interest disclosure policy.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the Prison Service keeps a certified record of allegations of assaults committed by staff.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will bring forward legislation which would make the obtaining of DNA samples without consent an offence.

      Telephone Taps

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to equalise the law of evidence on the admissability in criminal trials of telephone taps carried out (a) in the United...

      Telephone Taps

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to make the products of United Kingdom telephone taps admissible in evidence in criminal trials.

      STEPS Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maintenance charges are for the probation STEPS contract during normal working hours; what the call out charge is between 6 pm and...

      STEPS Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the financial position of Bull/Integris was taken into account before the Standard Technical Environment for the Probation Service...

      Criminal Records (Disclosure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the outstanding disclosure applications from Wirral borough council social services department to the Criminal Records Bureau will be...

      Ex-Prisoners (Suicide)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people committed suicide in 2001 within one year of leaving prison in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Ex-Prisoners (Suicide)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what response he has made to the Howard League's recent report on suicide following prison release; and if he will make a statement.

      Life Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prisoners serving life sentences in England and Wales have had to wait (a) between three months and six months, (b) between...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of suicide and self-harm there were in Probation Service-approved hostels in 2001 in England and Wales; and if he will...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were under post-release supervision by the Probation Service last year in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what systems are in place to inform victims about the release from hospital of a person who has committed serious offences whilst insane.

      Probation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the extent of the funding shortfall for 2002–03 in probation services in (a) England, (b) the West...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Metropolitan Police officers serving with its Firearms Branch are suspended because they have discharged a gun; and how long each...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish estimates of customer satisfaction for each English police authority in each of the years 1990–91 to 2001–02...

      Prison Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted offenders were transferred from prison to high security hospitals in each year since 1992.

      Prison Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last met the National Association of Prison Visitors.

      Prison Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison visitors there were in each of the past 10 years; and what plans he has to increase their number.

      Prisoners' Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of prisoners receive (a) anti-psychotic medication and (b) atypical antipsychotics.

      High Security Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average number of convicted offenders in high security hospitals was in each year since 1992.

      Biological Standards Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the (a) staffing structure, (b) works and (c) funding of the Biological Standards Institute in Northern Ireland.

      Criminal Justice Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how criminal justice centres will assist in the processing of cases.

      Criminal Justice Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the re-offending rate of those leaving young offenders institutions was in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Eden Strang

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role his Department has played in the (a) release and (b) post-release arrangements of Eden Strang; and if he will make a statement.

      Helen Smith

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will order a new inquiry into the death of Helen Smith in Jeddah in May 1979.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the target of handling 87,000 applications for criminal injuries compensation was not met in 2001–02.

      Sajanji Jivaji Odedra

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on Sajanji Jivaji Odedra and his special voucher application which have been referred from the Foreign Office to...

      London Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vacancies there are in the London Probation Service.

      Targets (Sentencing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the targets for reducing the time from arrest to sentence will be settled.

      Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to use technology similar to that which the Government are introducing to stop tobacco advertising on the web...

      Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take powers to require (a) pornographic sites and (b) emails advertising pornography to be clearly identifiable as to their nature.

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will share information with other countries about UK citizens who have been convicted of offences against children.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons are the (a) most expensive and (b) cheapest in terms of cost per prisoner; and what criteria govern the differential allocation...

      Category B Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the provision of medical facilities within category B prisons; what the medical staffing complement is of each prison;...

      Category B Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how many prisoner days prisoners in each category B prison were held in segregation pending transfer to a secure mental hospital in the...

      Category B Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many disciplinary adjudications and rulings under Rule 45 were made in each category of prison in the last year for which information is...

      Category B Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many category B prisoners have been released on licence (a) tagged and (b) untagged from each category B prison in the last year for...

      Prison Suicides

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison suicides among (a) men and (b) women there were in prisons in England and Wales in the last 12 months.

      Police Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with the Chief Constable of Cheshire on the level of sick leave in the force; and if he will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the level of the state pension since April 1998, in comparison with increases in (a) average earnings and (b)...

    • State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value would be of the 25 pence age addition to the retirement pension if it had been increased in each year since its introduction in...

      State Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the estimated administration costs are of the state pension credit in each of the next five full financial years; and what percentage this...

      State Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individual pensioners are represented by his target to pay pension credit to at least three million pensioner households by 2006.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of occupational pensions that are in independent trusteeship.

      Pension Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2002, Official Report, column 1009W, on pension payment, (a) how many letters were sent out to people...

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to what extent he has conformed to Criterion 6 of Cabinet Office guidelines on written consultations in relation to his consultation on the...

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what public consultations have been commenced by his Department since 1 April; and what the (a) closing date and (b) website address of each were.

      Retirement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps are taken by his Department to advise those contemplating moving abroad for retirement or extended absence of the implications of...

      Retirement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost to his Department would have been in each of the last five years of unfreezing state pension for those retired abroad in...

      Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (1) pursuant to the oral statement of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Official Report, column 173W, on the Pension Service,...

      Pickering Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the cost to the Treasury of the proposals in the Pickering report to end (a) the compulsory indexation of...

      Pensions Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to ensure that trained staff are always available in Jobcentre Plus offices to deliver pensions advice in areas where there...

      Pension Service Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when Pension Service staff (a) based in local pension surgeries and (b) carrying out home visits will be able to access central Pension Service...

      State Second Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 24 June 2002, Official Report, column 677W, how much he expects to spend promoting the state second pension during...

      Jobcentre Plus/Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff will be employed in (a) Jobcentre Plus and (b) the Pension Service whose primary responsibility is face-to-face contact with the...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the latest anticipated date is by which the computer system to support delivery of the new child support scheme will be completed...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the arrangements for the new child support scheme will come into effect.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will investigate the level of accuracy of Child Support Agency assessments.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost has been to his Department of the child support reforms new rules implementation computer system; what delivery date was...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) in how many cases a reduced benefit was given under section 46(5) of the Child Support Act 1991 in each year from 1993–94 to...

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions of the lone parents subject to sanctions for non-attendance at compulsory personal adviser meetings, what was the average value of the sanction...

      Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he last met (a) the National Federation of Sub-postmasters and (b) Postwatch to discuss plans for the move to automated credit transfer...

      Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to ensure that recipients of benefits who do not choose to have benefits paid by automated credit transfer will retain the...

      Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which advertising agency has won the contract to publicise automated credit transfer; and how much the contract is worth.

      Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which banks can receive benefit payments on behalf of their customers through automated credit transfer.

      Benefit Payment Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what contingency plans are in place for April 2003 should the Universal Bank not be established on time.

      Benefit Payment Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of people receive their (a) state pension, (b) incapacity benefit, (c) disability living allowance and (d) invalid care...

      Benefit Payment Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the generic features of each type of account into which benefits will be paid from 2003 onwards.

      Benefit Payment Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of benefits in (a) Roxburgh and Berwickshire and (b) Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale there are, broken down by the method...

      Benefit Take-up (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in (a) Banff and Buchan and (b) Scotland were entitled to but did not claim (i) guardian's allowance, (ii) income support,...

      Benefit Take-up (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many individuals in Scotland were in receipt of (a) guardian's allowance, (b) income support, (c) child benefit, (d) working families...

      Benefit Take-up (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many individuals in Angus were entitled to but did not claim (a) child benefit, (b) incapacity benefit, (c) maternity allowance, (d)...

      Benefit Take-up (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many individuals in the constituency of North Tayside were entitled to but did not claim (a) child benefit, (b) incapacity benefit,...

      Benefit Take-up (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in the constituency of Moray were entitled to but did not claim (a) child benefit, (b) incapacity benefit, (c) maternity...

      Benefit Take-up (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in Perth were entitled to but did not claim (a) guardian's allowance, (b) income support, (c) child benefit, (d)...

      Benefit Linking Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will take steps to ensure that the rules for those receiving benefits and undertaking voluntary work do not prevent them receiving...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action is being taken to examine the records in the National Insurance record system to check whether they might relate to bogus...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 20 May 2002, Official Report, column 18, on benefit fraud, how many national insurance number applications have been...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many records on the National Insurance record system, relating to bogus identities, were notified to via his Department's National Identity...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what was the (a) total annual value of fraudulent benefit claims estimated on the basis of benefit reviews and (b) estimated total value of...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the level of (a) fraud, (b) suspected fraud and (c) error in (i) housing benefit and (ii) council tax benefit in...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit fraud prosecutions there were in each of the last five years; and what proportion were successful.

      Benefit Appeals (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in which locations within Scotland appeals against refusal of benefits are held.

      Benefits Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanisms are in place to ensure that accessible information on benefits is sent out to those who need it in (a) large print, (b) braille...

      Maternity Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many low-income families have received the maternity grant in each year since it was established; and how many families who would otherwise...

      Bereavement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many bereavement payments were made to (a) widows and (b) widowers in 2001–02; and what the total cost was; (2) what his...

      Non-Resident Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions in the last year for which figures are avalable the Child Support Agency contacted the Inland Revenue for assistance with...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if it will be possible under the Social Security (Electronic Communication) (Child Benefit) Order 2002 for a father to claim and begin to...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of gross rents in (a) the private rented, (b) local authority and (c) the housing association sectors is met by housing benefit.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will set out the basis for his statement in paragraph 20 of the Government's Response to the Second report of the Work and Pensions...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps she takes to deal with councils which are not meeting their statutory obligations in delivering the housing benefit system; and if...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of (a) the effectiveness of local authorities' administration of housing benefit and (b) the effects of poor...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Wigan MB are claiming housing benefit as a percentage of the total population there; and what the equivalent statistics...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people were in receipt of incapacity benefit in (a) June 1997, (b) February 1999, (c) June 2001 and (d) May 2002; (2) what the...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of incapacity benefit have been helped into permitted work through the Access to Work Scheme since its introduction.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes have been introduced into the incapacity benefit medical testing regime in the last 12 months; and what future changes are proposed.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people leaving incapacity benefit in (a) the last six months, (b) the last year and (c) the last five years represented (i) transfers...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 8 January 2002, Official Report, column 688W, on incapacity benefit, what data his Department collate for each of...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of incapacity benefit are also in receipt of child benefit, broken down by local authority in Scotland.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants there were in (a) St Helens, (b) Merseyside, (c) the North West and (d) England in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998,...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many incapacity benefit recipients have had their benefit reduced since April 2001 because they were in receipt of payments from an...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have received a net increase in benefit income as a result of receiving non-contributory incapacity benefit instead of severe...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to ensure that those on incapacity benefit who reach their 65 birthday and move on to retirement pension do not experience a...

      Incapacity Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity reviews were undertaken in each of the last five years; and what the average time was to complete these reviews in each year.

      Disability Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans his Department has to review the operation of the disability living allowance, in particular the methods for resolving...

      Disability Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) by how many adults have received the income support enhanced disability premium since April 2001. (2) how many families have received...

      Disability Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the purpose is of the six month period between a grant of higher rate disability living allowance and the commencement of payments;...

      Disability Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled children aged (a) three and (b) four years have been awarded disability living allowance higher rate mobility components...

      Disabled Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assistance is available to those businesses who wish to make their premises more accessible to disabled customers.

      Disabled Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to encourage businesses to ensure that their premises are fully accessible for disabled people; and if he will make a...

      Long-Term Sick and Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total spending on benefits for the long-term sick and disabled was in (a) 1990–91 and (b) 2000–01; and what change this...

      Disability (Employment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will list the measures that have been introduced by this Government to make it easier for people with disabilities to gain...

      Disability Rights Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to implement the recommendations of the Disability Rights Taskforce to extend protection from discrimination to those people...

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) (a) how and (b) when his Department will meet its commitments in the Government's response to the disability rights taskforce...

      Community Care Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will define more precisely the term "exceptional pressure" in Direction Four criteria for community care grant applications.

      Community Care Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to ensure that applicants for community care grants throughout the United Kingdom have equal access to these grants at...

      Community Care Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to ensure that applicants for (a) community care grants and (b) budgeting loans will be provided with adequate information...

      Community Care Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average community care grant was for (a) high and (b) medium priority awards in each year since 1997 in (i) cash and (ii) real terms.

      Unspent Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list for each area-based initiative for which his Department is responsible the amount originally budgeted for in (a) 2000–01...

      Unspent Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average sum of money clawed back by the compensation recovery unit under the Social Security (Recovery of Payments) Act 1997 has been...

      Advertising Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on press and advertising campaigns in 2001–02; and what the planned expenditure is for 2002–03.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the answer of 31 October 2001, Official Report, column 695W, when the migration and marketing strategy for the Post Office Card...

      Swipe Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether (a) the basic bank accounts and (b) the proposed Post Office swipe card accounts will provide interest to people whose accounts are in...

      Budgeting Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to reform the management of budgeting loans; (2) what plans he has to (a) improve the flexibility of and (b) reduce...

      Budgeting Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reasons underlying the proportion of allocated budgeting loans which are not received in full.

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what evaluation he has made of the number of jobs that will be lost as a result of the closure of rural jobcentres; how many rural jobcentres...

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the turnover of staff was in jobcentres in (a) Somerset and (b) the UK in (i) 1999–2000, (ii) 2000–01 and (iii) 2001–02.

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list, by region, those jobcentres which will by the end of 2003 be (a) converted to jobcentre plus and (b) closed.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what dates Ministers in his Department have held meetings with Ministers and officials of the Irish Government since 1 June 2000; where each...

      Estates Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on his Department's future estates strategy.

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will implement a policy of paying attendance allowance from the date a claim is granted; and if he will make a statement; (2) if...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans the Government have to amend the formula for determining the social fund budget.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total expenditure was in (a) grants and (b) loans from the Social Fund in each year from 1990; what the projected expenditure for the...

      Anglo-Scottish Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many formal and official inter-ministerial meetings his Department has held with the Scottish Executive since May 1999, broken down by (a)...

      EU Committees (Scottish Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 16 July 2002, Official Report, column 270W, when members of the Scottish Executive have attended meetings of the EU...

      Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if the Government's pension policy will be reviewed to take account of the overestimation of contributions; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will change the rules on payment of interest on mortgages for social security claimants, with special reference to pensioners, where the...

      Information Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in financial year 2001–02; if he will list the...

      Departmental Expenditure Limit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much and what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit for 2002–03 will be accounted for by staff costs; what the figures...

      Temporary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees under contract from temping agencies worked within his Department; and how much was spent on temporary staff (a) in total...

      Departmental Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of publishing his Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason he has not replied to the letter to his predecessor dated 29 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard...

      Faith Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list projects involving faith communities which are supported by his Department.

      One Stop Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his oral statement of 1 July 2002, Official Report, column 12, on one stop service, when he will write to the hon. Member for Wycombe.

      NI No. AX 81 12 29D

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what type of (a) pension and (b) benefit entitlement was paid to national insurance number AX 81 12 29D from 1 January 1980 to 11 May 1984.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many senior citizens groups he and his Ministers have visited since 7 June.

      Job Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobs under the remit of his Department in (a) the core department, (b) non-departmental public bodies, (c) executive agencies and (d)...

      Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the number and size of deductions which have been compulsorily made to benefits to help pay (a) fines, (b)...

      Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many payments have been made under the vaccine damage payment scheme in each year since 1995.

      Employment Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the terms of reference are of the current evaluation of employment zones; when the evaluation will be completed; and if he will make a...

      ONE pilot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 13 December 2001, Official Report, column 993W, on the ONE pilot, what feedback he has had from the introduction of...

      Parliamentary Answers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether it is his policy to ensure that documents referred to in parliamentary answers are available via his Department's website; (2)...

      Strategic Training in Apparel and Textiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department will extend the Strategic Training in Apparel and Textiles programme after June.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the EU Audit Board of the Administrative Commission on social security for migrant workers is next due to meet; whether representatives of...

      Massey Ferguson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to assist those who become unemployed following the closure of the Massey Ferguson plant in Coventry to find new work.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will answer the written question from the hon. Member for Chichester, tabled on 22 May, on the official travel of departmental and...

      Consultation Document

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what format his Department has published the results of its 2001 written consultations.

  • House of Lords

    • House of Lords Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Chancellor on 16 November 2001 (WA105), 27 March (WA45) and 8 May (WA171), whether, having regard to their inclination...

    • Libra Project

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the progress of discussions between the Lord Chancellor's Department and Fujitsu Services on the Libra project to provide IT services for the magistrates'...

      Code of Practice on Access to Government Information: Monitoring Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they plan to publish the Monitoring Report for the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information covering the year 2001.

      Deaths in Custody: Review of Role and Practices of CPs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Attorney-General proposes to announce the outcome of his current review of the role and practices of the Crown Prosecution Service in cases arising from...

      Northern Ireland Court Service: Language Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What languages are used by the Court Service of Northern Ireland to provide information to the public: and what is the rationale for their selection.

      Transsexual People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) What are the reasons for the continuing delay in introducing legislation to give transsexuals legal recognition and the right to marry in accordance with the...

      Magistrates' Courts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the arrangements for consultation work satisfactorily, when changes involving benches of magistrates, their areas, responsibilities and...

      Magistrates' Courts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Avon and Somerset Magistrates' Courts administration acted properly in proposing major changes affecting local justice in advance of the government's...

      Magistrates' Courts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that subsuming the local management of magistrates' courts into a national executive agency would lead to a serious reduction in local justice.

      Magistrates' Courts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give an assurance that magistrates' courts committees, managed by local people, will not be dispensed with in favour of locally unaccountable and...

      Immigration and Asylum Appeals: Personal Delivery of Determinations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make an announcement about the personal delivery of appeal determinations to asylum seekers.

      QinetiQ

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made on the public/private partnership for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What targets have been set for the Defence Aviation Repair Agency (DARA) for the financial year 2002–03.

      Gulf Veterans: Deaths

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the latest figures for deaths of Gulf veterans, and amongst the control group.

      General Service Medal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made on the award of a General Service Medal to those who served in the armed forces in Suez canal zone from 1951 to 1954.

      EU Health Council, Luxembourg, 26 June 2002

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outcome of the Health Council held on 26 June; and what their stance was on each issue discussed, including their voting record.

      Verulamium Roman Town

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of the effects of deep-ploughing at Verulamium; and why they have not taken effective steps to prevent the landowner or his tenants...

      Historic Environment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made on implementing the recommendations contained in the Government's statement on historic environment: A Force for Our Future.

      Scotland and England: Anniversaries of the Act of Union and of the Joining of the Crowns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to celebrate in 2007 the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union between Scotland and England; and What plans they have to celebrate the 400th...

      Single Currency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What studies they have made of the discussion paper by Mr Christopher Taylor of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research on Sterling Volatility and...

      Single Currency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What view they take of the conclusion in the discussion paper by Mr Christopher Taylor of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research that greater...

      Single Currency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept the conclusion of the discussion paper by Mr Christopher Taylor of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research that the Bank of...

      Single Currency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What conclusions they draw from the recent study by Mr Christopher Taylor of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research concerning the importance of...

      Single Currency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16 July (WA129), whether they will now give a substantive answer to the question "whether any...

      Inland Revenue: IT Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which companies are bidding to supply IT services to the Inland Revenue when present contracts expire in 2004; what effects on the continuity of the business, if...

      Inland Revenue: IT Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any of the suppliers of IT services to the Inland Revenue are affected by corporate problems with their business partners in the United States.

      Housing Benefit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept the findings of the Audit Commission's report Housing Benefit—the National Perspective, in relation to the need to simplify the housing...

      Common Land

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the outcome of the review of common land policy and legislation following the consultation exercise that took place in 2000.

      Enriched Cages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the public consultation on the possible ban on enriched cages in England will begin.

      Veterinary Medicines Directorate: Annual Report and Accounts 2001–02

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the 2001–02 annual report for the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.

      Veterinary Laboratories Agency: Annual Report and Accounts 2001–02

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the 2001–02 annual report for the Veterinary Laboratories Agency.

      Pesticides Safety Directorate: Annual Report and Accounts 2001–02

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the 2001–02 annual report for the Pesticides Safety Directorate.

      Central Science Laboratory: Annual Report and Accounts 2001–02

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the 2001–02 annual report for the Central Science Laboratory.

      Water Industry: Consultation Paper on Competition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the consultation paper on competition in the water industry will be published.

      Rural Payments Agency: Targets for 2002–03

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What targets they have set the Rural Payments Agency for 2002–03.

      Radioactive Discharges: UK Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to publish the United Kingdom strategy for radioactive discharges.

      Contaminated Land: Supplementary Credit Approval Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial support is being given to English local authorities to meet the capital costs of dealing with contaminated land.

      Groundwater Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What help and advice are available to sectors affected by the requirements of the Groundwater Regulations 1998.

      Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will publish its Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate.

      UK Preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development Government Response to EAC Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will publish its response to the Environmental Audit Committee's Third Report of Session 2001–02,...

      Bail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average rate of absconding among remand prisoners who are granted bail.

      Bail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will advise magistrates to grant bail where, although they are satisfied that there are substantial grounds for believing that the defendant, if...

      Samar Alami and Jarrad Botmeh

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many representations they have received concerning possible miscarriages of justice in the cases of Samar Alami and Jarrad Botmeh convicted in 1996 of...

      Sentencing: Forfeiture of Motor Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will encourage or enable courts to order the confiscation of motor vehicles when these are used in connection with criminal activity.

      Draft Mental Health Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the context of the draft Mental Health Bill, what evidence they have of the accuracy of predictions of violent behaviour (or the absence of it) by psychiatrists.

      Draft Mental Health Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the context of the Mental Health Bill, what proportion of people who under current legislation would fail the treatability test but who might be detained under...

      Road Closures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will instruct the relevant authorities that in the event of a road closure due to an accident their absolute priority, after dealing with any...

      Police Driving

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to reduce the number of accidents involving police cars.

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